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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Twenty Years Old 



* .^'74, NO. 74 



NEW YORK, MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1938 




Illinois Allied Bidding for D of J Action in Trust Suit 

GNANNJUNCES 11 TITLESTOR NEW SEASON LINEUP 

Re-enactment of Admissions Levy Looming in Ontario 



Pe 



ace I onic 

. . . for U. S. films 

= By CHESTER B. BAHN — 



THE assurance of European peace result- 
' ing from the historic Munich confer- 
ence cannot but have a marked tonic effect 
upon the American film industry. 

For reasons that are all too apparent, 
the threat of hostilities in Central Europe, 
with the added knowledge that the con- 
flict, once started, inevitably must spread, 
constituted a major headache for Holly- 
wood, New York and points in between. 

The headache, incidentally, has per- 
sisted for not weeks, but months. The 
potentialities of the European scene since 
last Winter necessarily have been taken 
into consideration by executives of all 
companies, in studios, in home offices and 
in headquarters of foreign distributing sub- 
sidiaries. 



THERE remain, of course, other problems 
' abroad for the industry — the Italian 
monopolistic decree, Japanese restrictions, 
etc. — but these, comparatively, are minor. 
The prospect of a loss of upwards of 30 
per cent of world revenues was something 
else again, and that is exactly what a gen- 
eral European conflict might have cost 
U. S. film companies. 

Unless the Fates elect to toss a monkey- 
wrench into the peace machinery evolved 
in the Bavarian city, there is no reason 
why this industry should not immediately 
forget its recent war jitters and settle 
down to its essential job. 

Domestically, there is every encourage- 
ment for it to do so. The impetus de- 
rived from the "Motion Pictures Are Your 
Best Entertainment" campaign, now in 
progress, and from the better quality of 
product turned out of late by Hollywood 
is credited with improving the American 
and Canadian box office "take" 30 per 
cent. 



THAT is the extremely good word from 
' Howard Dietz, chairman of the cam- 
paign's executive publicity committee. 
This represents a percentage figure even 
more generous than those mentioned by 
George J. Schaefer when the plans for the 
{Continued on Page 2) 



Provincial Exhibs. Worried by 

Proposal to Raise Revenue 

for Cities 

Toronto — Considerable anxiety is 
felt in film circles in Toronto and 
throughout the province because of 
Premier Mitchell Hepburn's state- 
ment that Ontario may permit each 
municipality to place a tax on the- 
ater and amusement admissions in 
order to bolster civic revenues. To- 
ronto City Council already has fig- 

{Continued on Paae 7) 

MPTOA BIDS 8 ALLIED 

HEADS TO CONVENTION 



Invitations to attend the MPTOA 
convention in Oklahoma City will be 
mailed this week to national Allied 
leaders and to Harry Brandt, presi- 
dent of the ITOA, it was stated over 

{Continued on Page 7) 



Contest Bureau for Drive 

Participants Established 

A contest bureau to establish 
rules and receive exhibitors' cam- 
paigns in the $2,100 contest which is 
being sponsored for showmen par- 
ticipating in the industry business 
drive has been appointed by Howard 

{Continued on Page 7) 



THE WEEK IN 
REVIEW 

War Clouds Pass 

— By GEORGE H. MORRIS— 



DOMESTIC 

Dispelling of Europe's war clouds, 
which had hung like an ominous pall 
over home offices until the Munich 
settlement, brought assurance to the 
U. S. film industry that its huge 
economic stake in the foreign field 
and at home would remain intact, 
and, further, that adjustments of 
international disputes, which have 
caused upheavals, with their attend- 
ing handicaps, in various parts of 
the world, hold out promise of great 

{Continued on Page 5) 



BUERMELE REPLACES 

MOON AT DEL GO-OP 



Detroit — Carl Buermele is the 
new general manager of Cooperative 
Theaters of Michigan, following a 
reported shakeup within the organi- 
zation. Retirement of Ray Moon, 
former general manager, was an- 
nounced by Fred Delodder, president, 

{Continued on Page 8) 



///. Allied Files Squawk With D of J, 
Pledges Gov't Co-op in New York Suit 



Allied Eastern Regional 

Plans Pix Buying Survey 

A product buying survey of all 
theaters represented and an analy- 
sis of the new season's programs 
will be two highlights on the busi- 
ness agenda at the annual conven- 
tion of Eastern Allied units, sched- 
uled for Oct. 19-21 at the Ritz-Carl- 
ton Hotel, Atlantic City. Other sub- 

{Continued on Page 8) 



By PRESCOTT DENNETT 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Bidding for Depart- 
ment of Justice action in the Chicago 
anti-trust suit filed recently by 89 
indie plaintiffs against B & K and 
14 other defendants, Attorney Jos- 
eph Rosenberg, counsel for Allied 
Theaters of Illinois, presented a 
formal complaint to Assistant U. S. 
Attorney General Thurman Arnold 
and Special Assistant U. S. Attor- 
{Continued on Page 4) 



Program of 44 Features and 

26 Westerns Planned; 

44 Shorts 

Chicago — Forty-four features, 24 
westerns and 44 short subjects, with 
the possible addition of two specials, 
will comprise the 1938-39 program 
of Grand National Pictures, Inc., it 
was announced here at a week-end 
sales meeting of branch managers 
from the midwest and western ex- 
changes. 

The westerns are to be divided 
into four groups of six each. Eighteen 
of the Educational shorts will be 
two-reel star comedies and the bal- 
ance one-reel subjects. 

Fine Arts Pictures will deliver 

{Continued on Page 5) 



SIX DISTRICT MGRS. 

NAMED BY GR. NAT'L 



Chicago — Appointment of six dis- 
trict sales managers, a circuit sales 
manager and a N. Y. branch head 
for Grand National Pictures was an- 
nounced here yesterday by Edward 
L. Alperson, general sales manager, 
who conducted a two-day sales meet- 
ing of midwestern and western rep- 
resentatives. A similar meeting will 
be held next Saturday and Sunday 
in New York. 

The delegation here was addressed, 

{Continued on Page 6) 

Majors' Foreign Managers 
To Hold Meeting Tomorrow 

A meeting of major company for- 
eign managers has been scheduled 
for tomorrow at the Hays office to 
discuss European matters, and the 
Italian situation in particular, it was 

{Continued on Page 8) 

Republic Sales $1,000,000 
Ahead of Last Year — Grainger 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — • Republic sales ex- 
ceed by $1,000,000 sales for the 

{Continued on Page 5) 



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Prims 



Monday, October 3, 193 



DAILY 




Vol. 74, No. 74 Mon.,Oct. 3, 1938 10 Cents 



JOHN W. ALICOATE 



: : Publisher 



DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 



Published daily except Saturdays, Sundays and 
Holidays at 1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y., 
by Wid's Films and Film Folk, Inc. J. W. 
Alicoate, President and Publisher; Don- 
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tered as second class matter, Sept. 8, 1938, 
at the post-office at New York, N. Y., under 
the act of March 3, 1879. Terms (Postage 
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Cinematographic Francaise, Rue de la Cour- 
des-Noues, 19. 



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O'Connor Dinner Tonight 

RKO theater managers and mem- 
bers of the theater department are 
honoring John J. O'Connor, head of 
theater operations, with a beefsteak 
dinner tonight at the Hotel Astor. 



MILES 



Public Projection Rooms 

Two Private Theaters Latest Projection Equipment 

Air Conditioned— Night Screenings 

Ample Seating Capacity 

Catting Rooms Vault Space 

Inspection Delivery Service 
729 Seventh Ave. BRyant 9-5600 



H The Broadway Parade H 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

Room Service (RKO Radio Pictures) — 2nd week Rivoli 

Garden of the Moon (Warner Bros. Pictures) — 2nd week Strand 

Too Hot to Handle (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) Capitol 

If I Were King (Paramount Pictures) . Paramount 

Drums (United Artists-Korda) Music Hall 

Straight, Place and Show (20th Century-Fox).. ..Roxy 

Sons of the Legion (Paramount Pictures)...^"! Criterion 

Mr. Doodle Kicks Off ( RKO Radio Pictures) Rialto 

The Road to Reno (Universal Pictures) Globe 

South of Arizona (Columbia Pictures) (a) Central 

Slander House (Times Pictures, Inc.) (a) Central 

Boy Meets Girl (Warner Bros. Pictures) (a-b) Palace 

Racket Busters (Warner Bros. Pictures) (a) Palace 

♦ TWO-A-DAY RUN ♦ 

Marie Antoinette (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) — 7th week Astor 

♦ FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURES ♦ 

Crand Illusion (World Pictures) — 4th week Filmarte 

The Edge of the World (Pax Films)— 4th week 55th St. Playhouse 

Avocate d'Amour (Regal Distributors) — 4th week Belmont 

The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Amkino) — 2nd week Cameo 

Men of Ireland (J. H. Hoffberg) Squire 

Life Dances On (Empress Pictures) — 2nd week (b) Little Carnegie 

Moonlight Sonata (Malmar Pictures) (a-b) World 

Pearls of the Crown (Lenauer International) (a-b) World 

The Story of a Cheat (Gallic Films).. 5th Ave. Playhouse 

♦ FUTURE OPENINGS ♦ 

Personal Secretary (Universal Pictures) — Oct. 4 Rialto 

My Lucky Star (20th Century-Fox) — Oct. 6 (a-b) Palace 

Time Out for Murder (20th Century-Fox) — Oct. 6 (a) Palace 

Secrets of an Actress (Warner Bros. Fictures) — Oct. 7 Strand 

Dark Rapture (Universal Pictures) — Oct. 8 Globe 

Men With Wings (Paramount Pictures) (c) Paramount 

King of Alcatraz (Paramount Pictures) (c) Criterion 

Youth Takes a Fling (Universal Pictures) (c) Rivoli 

Stablemates (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) (c) Capitol 

There Coes My Heart (United Artists) Music Hall 

Rothschild (Regal Distributors) (c) Belmont 

(a) Dual bill, (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. 



Peace Tonic 

. . . for U. S. films 

(Continued from Page 1) 
drive were first presented to exhibitors. 
Schaefer, you will recall, foresaw a pos- 
sible 10 per cent or 20 per cent gain 
weekly which, in dollars, would be ap- 
proximately $1,600,000 or $3,200,000. 

It is logical to expect that this box- 
office pace will be at least maintained 
during the weeks immediately following. 
For one thing, there are some extremely 
promising pictures on release schedules. 
Then, too, there is the second barrage of 
drive newspaper advertising which starts 
nationally tomorrow. 

Yes, for more causes than one, 1938 
should qualify as "Motion Pictures' Great- 
est Year." 



Sammy Shain, Veteran of 

Variety Staff, Resigns 

Resignation from Variety's editor- 
ial staff of Sammy Shain was dis- 
closed over the week-end. 

A Variety veteran and a protege 
and confidant of the late Sime Sil- 
verman, paper's founder, Shain has 
held a unique place in Variety tradi- 
tion. 

Shain's plans are undisclosed. 



Research For Hal Roach's 

Prehistoric Fix Finished 



Research has been completed on 
background material for a picture 
planned by Hal Roach dealing with 
the beginning of man titled "When 
Man Began." Roach said yesterday 
that the picture will be one of 
the most unusual ever attempted 
inasmuch as the story will be told 
without dialogue and will utilize all 
the latest developments in trick 
photography. 

Picture will portray life as it was 
believed to have been lived shortly 
after the Ice Age, with a romantic 
story woven into it. Details for 
accuracy have been checked with 
the Smithsonian Institution. 

Miss Mickey Novak, story-depart- 
ment reader for the Roach Studios 
has been promoted to the scenario 
department and assigned to write 
the screenplay of "When Man Be- 
gan." 



"Dawn Patrol" on Nov. 11 

Warners is rushing editing of 
"Dawn Patrol" for Armistice Day 
release in as many keys as possible. 
Pix was originally due to go out 
in December or January. 



Cleveland Operators' Scale Cut for Indies 

Cleveland — Ten per cent reduction in motion picture operators' scale at Cleveland 
independent houses for the 10-week period, Sept. 26-Dec. 4, was announced over the 
week-end by the Cleveland Motion Picture Exhibitor's Association. 



cominG mid Gome 



WESLEY RUGGLES, motion picture directoij 
returns from Europe on the Queen Mary today! 

KARL HOBLITZELLE and R. J .O'DONNELUJ 

execs, of the Interstate Circuit of Te v ", lef| 
over the week-end for Dallas. 

PHIL REISMAN, changing his plans, cancelle 
his sailing for the U. S. and remains in Europe 
he arrived in Paris yesterday from London. 

FRANK SELTZER, director of publicity anl 
advertising for the Hal Roach studios is dul 
in New York this morning on the 20th Cenl 
tury for conferences with Roach who is novjl 
in New York. 

SABU, boy actor of India who is starred ii 
Korda's "Drums" at the Music Hall, sails fo 
England tomorrow on the S, S. Paris. 

BURTON HOLMES, travel lecturer, arrive< 
here from Europe Saturday on the S. S. Paris 

BURGESS MEREDITH arrived in Hollywooi 
Saturday to play a role in M-G-M's "Sprin 
Dance." 

GEORGE RAFT arrived in New York Frida^j 
for a 10-day vacation before starting work 
Paramount's "The Lady's From Kentucky." 

JOHN NATHAN, Para.'s managing directoi 
for the Argentine, left New York yesterday foi 
the company's Hollywood studios. 

PATRICIA MORISON, stage actress, has 
signed a Paramount contract and is leaving 
for California at once, accompanied by hei 
mother. 

JOHN MARK, Paramount story editor in Lon 
don, arrived in New York today on the Queen 
Mary and sails back for London on the same 
ship Wednesday. 

ALFONSO RIVAS BUSTAMENTE, Mexican 
producer, who arrived from Europe Friday, left 
over the week-end by car for Mexico City. 

IRVING LESSER, manager of the Roxy The 
ater, was expected back over the week-end 
from Florida where he has been on vacation. 

A. H. BLANK, Midwest circuit operator and 
RALPH BRANTON, his general manager, left 
New York over the week-end for Des Moines. 

IRVING MAAS, 20th-Fox foreign service man- 
ager, is due to arrive from Paris today on the 
Queen Mary. 

Y. FRANK FREEMAN, Para, vice-president in 
charge of theater operations, is in New Orleans 
conferring with Saenger executives. 



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The work of Directors 
for the past two years 
is one of the important 
features of the most 
highly regarded publi- 
cation in the motion 
picture industry. 

THE FILM YEAR BOOK 

1501 Broadway New York City 

The 1939 Edition now in preparation 




They're on their way to the New York 
Paramount where one of the *biggest crowds in 
its history is breaking down doors and records 
in its efforts to see RONALD COLMAN in 
Frank Lloyd's "IF I WERE KING" 

"IF I WERE KING" is outgrossing anything that 
has played the Paramount in the last 3 years 
including "THE PLAINSMAN" and "WELLS 
FARGO" both of which played New Year week 






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ILL. ALLIED WANTS 
D OF J AID IN CHI. 



Monday, October 3, 1938 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ney General Paul Williams here Fri- 
day. 

Rosenberg's presence in Washing- 
ton for that purpose was exclusively 
published in The Film Daily for 
that day. Prior to his conference 
with Arnold and Williams, Rosen- 
berg paid what he described as a 
"courtesy visit" to Abram F. Myers, 
general counsel and board chairman 
of Allied States. 

On emerging from the Department 
of Justice, Rosenberg told The 
Film Daily that, in addition to fil- 
ing the complaint, he had pledged 
to Arnold and Williams the "co-op- 
eration to the fullest extent of indie 
Chicago exhibs. in advancing the 
Government's broad equity suit in 
New York." 

Speaking directly of the anti-trust 
suit filed in Chicago, Rosenberg said 
that the Justice Department ex- 
pected to send out observers for the 
next hearing. 

Rosenberg added he had left with 
Arnold & Williams a full copy of 
alleged violations of the Chicago 
1932 consent decree with all mem- 
bers of the "Big Eight," except Co- 
lumbia. He said he had asked that 
the government assert itself by fil- 
ing a petition charging violation of 
the decree or holding in contempt of 
court. 

On the current suit, Rosenberg 
said a motion for injunction was 
slated to come up next Thursday, 
but would probably be postponed at 
behest of the defense. 

Department sources said Friday 
they expected no further Govern- 
ment-industry conference on the suit 
until after replies have been filed. 
Deadline for filing is Nov 1. 

Solicitor General Robert H. Jack- 
son denied to a representative of 
The Film Daily that he had ex- 
pressed "irritation" over "delays" 
in the New York film anti-trust 
case. He stated that he had no 
knowledge of the Arnold-Donovan 
conference and that he had noth- 
ing to do with the motion picture 
situation since leaving his post in 
the anti-trust division. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 

to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 3 

James R. Grainger 

Leo McCarey 

Henry Clive 

Claude Allister 

Lou Cuimond 

Frank 6. Good 



4LCNG THE 




with PlilLM. DALY 



T T ▼ 

• • • A SURVEY made by United Artists shows that approxi- 
mately 80 per cent of the publications in the nation have carried stories 

on Sabu the little East Indian star of Alexander Korda's "Drums" 

that sounded like an optimistic estimate we went over to 

Lynn Farnol's office to check up and there we saw more tear 

sheets from big newspapers, and special supplements, than we have 
ever seen on one campaign staged in such a short space of time 

T T ▼ 

• • • THE CAMPAIGN started when Sabu arrived about a 
month ago in New York 22 stories were planted in metro- 
politan dailies alone four national broadcasts spread the 

news of "Drums" across the nation then the weekly mags 

found the little brown lad a colorful subject and gave him plenty 

of editorial and pictorial space and King Features came 

through with a page layout which helped a lot 

T T ▼ 

• • • BUT WHAT put this national campaign over in a unique 

manner was the airplane trip of Sabu to Hollywood and back 

at all the stops cross-country Sabu paid visits where they would do the 

most good and the publicity machinery of the United Artists 

organization was perfectly geared, and didn't miss a trick with the 

newspaper lads one stunt that garnered publicity right across the 

country was the visit Sabu paid to Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt at the 

White House then to clinch all the publicity, the company went 

to bat with a national ad campaign in seven leading magazines, and 

in the fan mags Lynn Farnol remarked to us in that quiet way of 

his, that in all his fifteen years in the industry he has never witnessed 

so much space garnered on one picture campaign after seeing 

the evidence, we are inclined to agree 

T T T 

• • • TO A nation that is wallowing in a Prize-Winning 

Era M-G-M steps forward with this lineup of prizes on its 

Great Waltz Competition 48 Cups 8 Special Awards 

24 Free Trips to New York 6 Honor Medals and 86 

other national awards and a Grand Prize of a three -months' 

movie contract at the Metro studios to the winning team 

this is all set forth in a two-color broadside on the "Bring Back 
the Waltz" campaign and an exhibitors' service sheet explain- 
ing the Plan the entire M-G-M exploitation staff under Billy 

Ferguson is geared up to sell this Contest to the theaters and the 

band leaders it started Sept. 26 and ends Dec. 8 with a 

gala Dance Festival in New York local, state and zone elimi- 
nation contests will bring the box-ofjice benefits to every theater 
that books the feature, "The Great Waltz" 

T T T 

• • • CELEBS are being lined up for the ceremonies attending 
the placing of a tablet on the site of the old Koster & Bial Music Hall 

at the 34th St. side of Macy's department store tomorrow morn at 

9:30 sponsored by the industry's Greatest Year campaign 

on the dais will be Hal Roach, Jules Brulatour, Mae Murray, Nino 
Martinin, Walter Slezak, and Mrs. Leon Lascoff, a cousin of the late Al- 
bert Bial Howard Dietz will be master of ceremonies 

addresses will be made by Will Hays and Jack L. Straus, vice-president 
of Macy's Mrs. John E. Sloan, daughter of the late Thomas Edi- 
son, will unveil the tablet. . . • A course on the history of the mo- 
tion picture will start tonite at the New School for Social Research 



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DflT€ BOOK 



Today: A F of L convention, Houston. 

Oct. 7: Cleveland Variety Club round-up and 
clambake, Regnatz'. 

Oct. 10-11: Allied Independent Theate'— Own- 
ers of Iowa and Nebraska, Inc., f<- eat- 
ing, Savery Hotel, Des Moines. 

Oct. 10-12: Allied Theaters of Michigan con- 
vention, Morton Hotel, Grand Rapids. 

Oct. 14: Eddie Golden Friendship dinner, Min- 
neapolis. 

Oct. 16-17: ITO of Arkansas convention, Lit- 
tle Rock. 

Oct. 19-21: Allied Theater Owners of N. J. 
and Eastern Regional Allied convention, 
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Atlantic City. 

Oct. 24: MPTO of Western Pennsylvania an- 
nual convention, Pittsburgh. 

Oct. 30: Pittsburgh Variety Club banquet, 
William Penn Hotel. 

Oct. 30-Nov. 2: MPTOA national convention, 
Oklahoma City. 

Oct. 30-Nov. 1: MPTO of Arkansas, Missis- 
sippi and Tennessee convention, Oklahoma 
City. 

Oct. 30-Nov. 1 : Griffith Amusement Co. man- 
agers convention, Oklahoma City. 

Oct. 31 -Nov. 3: SMPE Fall convention, Statler 
Hotel, Detroit. 

Nov. 1-2: Associated Theater Owners of In- 
diana convention, Antlers Hotel, Indiana- 
polis. 

Nov. 14-16: ITO of Ohio convention and Cen- 
tral Regional Conference, Deshler-Wallick 
Hotel, Columbus. 

Nov. 26: New York Motion Picture Associates 
dinner-dance, Hotel Astor. 

Dec. 11: Philadelphia Variety Club dinner. 



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Extend Deadline for WB 
Security Swap to Dec. 1 

Holders of the optional 6 per cent 
convertible debentures of Warner 
Bros. Pictures, Inc., series due 1939 
were advised on the week-end that 
the company's board has extended 
to Dec. 1, the right to deposit these 
securities with the New York Trust 
Co. under the Plan of Exchange 
and Deposit Agreement dated as of 
July 22. 

The letter advising of the exten- 
sion was signed by Albert Warner 
WB vice-president, who declared, 
that of the $29,400,000 principal 
amount of debentures outstanding 
$17,457,000 have already been de- 
posited with the New York Trust 
and urged that those holders who 
have delayed doing so should act 
promptly. 



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"Drums" Set With FWC 

UA has closed a deal with Fox 
West Coast for Korda's "Drums" 
pact covers entire circuit. 



STORKS 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY { 
Burbank — A baby girl, weighing 
six pounds, has been born to Mr 
and Mrs. Vincent Sherman at the! 
Good Samaritan Hospital. Father is 
a Warners writer. 



j3 Monday, October 3, 1938 



DAILY 



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TITLES FOR 1938-39 



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(Continued from Page 1) 

:6 of the 44 features. Among them 
re "Snake Bite," by Robert 
ilit<Sgns; "The Alimony Racket," 
iy 'U^Rmverneur Morris; "Uptown 
view York," by Vina Delmar; "Two 
Cinds of Love," by Ursula Parrott; 
Recklessness," by Eugene O'Neill; 
Summer Resort," by Edna Ferber; 
The Racket King," by Rex Beach; 
'Where Lonely Ladies Walk," by 
Tiffany Thayer; "What Price Para- 
lise," by Sada Cowan; "The Way 
If All Women," by Faith Baldwin, 
md "My Son," by Martha Stanley. 
Anna Sten will be starred in two 
productions, first of which, "Exile 
Express," is now in preparation. 
Dther pictures already completed 
nclude "Cipher Bureau," with Leon 
\mes and Joan Woodbury; "Sunset 
strip Case," starring Sally Rand, 
md "Titans of the Deep." 

Pictures now in production are 
'Seven Seas," "Never Mind the 
Suard," "Empire of the West," 
'Wonder World," "Snow Covered 
Wagons," "Oh, Susannah," "Slave 
Trader" and "Jitterbugs." 

Of the westerns, six are girl musi- 

als starring Dorothy Page. Others 

are based on "Trigger Pals" and 

Troubadour of the Plains" stories. 

Educational's two-reel comedies 

will feature stars including Willie 

Howard, Buster West, Tom Patricola 

and the Pat Rooner, Jr.-Herman 

Timber, Jr., team. Thirteen one- 

reelers will constitute a new series 

of "Treasure Chest" productions. 

The second group of 13 one-reelers 

will be known as "Personalities 

Parade" featuring stars of radio, 

stage and screen. 



Republic Sales $1,000,000 
Ahead of Last Year — Grainger 

(Continued fi<jm Page 1) 

same period a year ago according 
to President James R. Grainger who 
held a press conference here. He 
also reported that Republic has 9,- 
000 theater accounts, giving it 2,000 
new accounts over last year. 

He also said that Republic west- 
erns and serials are playing in first- 
run theaters which never used west- 
erns and serials in the past. He said 
deals had been made with Loew's 
circuits, RKO, Balaban & Katz, In- 
terstate, Schine and that a deal has 
practically been closed with Warner 
Bros. He left Sunday for San Fran- 
cisco, Portland, Seattle, Mnineapolis, 
Chicago, Charlotte, and New York. 

n Majors File Their Answers 
In Gary Anti-Trust Action 

Chicago — ■ Answers to the anti- 
!' trust charges brought by the Gary 
5 j Theater Co. against major distribu- 
1 tors and Warner Theaters were filed 
he here Saturday before Federal Judge 
Is Will Holly. 



THE WCCI\ IN REVIEW 

War Clouds Pass— Relief is World-Wide 



By GEORGE H. MORRIS 



DOMESTIC 

(Continued from Page 1) 

subsequent gains for American pix 
interests everywhere. 

Representatives of the industry 
met with those of the government 
in Washington on Wednesday night 
to formulate plans leading to solu- 
tion of complex problems incident 
to the anti-trust suit against major 
companies. Counsels for latter may 
meet, it was said, with Assistant U. 
S. Attorney General Arnold within 
10 days, but it was learned by The 
Film Daily authoritatively that 
there will be no further huddles in 
the capital until film suit answers 
are filed. 

Pix houses, affected by the recent 
hurricane, reported that they are 
quickly recovering from the calam- 
ity. 

Exec sources in current ad drive 
credited the campaign with boosting 
grosses 10 per cent nationally. Other 
estimates placed widespread results 
as high as 30 per cent. A new set 
of newspaper ads, it was announced, 
will run Oct. 4, 5, 6. 

Additional Headline Happenings: 
Distribs. mapped strategy for fight 
on Chi. writ move . . . . Producers, ac- 
tors reached new 8-year agreement 
GN said it would sell features 
and shorts separately. . . Oct. 20 
was set as date for majors and mu- 
sicians to huddle on employment. . . . 
Technicolor reported its eight- 
months' net $411,354 ahead of last 
year .... Important pix measures 
will come before next Supreme Court 

session Schaefer UMPTO talk 

solved UA Philly problem .... and 
RKO reorg. hearings opened again 
before Federal Judge Bondy. 

FOREIGN 

Studios and theaters in the U. K. 
and Continental Europe alike 
emerged thankfully at the week-end 
from days of trial which found mo- 
bilization orders depleting industry 
ranks; theater business sharply cur- 
tailed; and executives and public 
alike suffering war jitters. Several 



N. J. Co-op Closes First 

Product Deal With Metro 



Associated Theaters of New Jer- 
sey, a cooperative booking organiza- 
tion headed by Irving Dollinger, has 
closed its first contract with a ma- 
jor company with the signing of an 
agreement with M-G-M. Other deals 
with major companies are under- 
stood to be pending. 

Associated has a membership of 
14 theaters in New Jersey. 



capitals reported closing completely 
their amusement districts both as 
direct precaution against possible 
air raids, and others effectuating this 
step to "practice" against attack 
from the sky. Prague, Budapest, 
Paris and London all went in for 
such blackouts. Declaration of 
peace, growing out of arbitrated 
differences, quickly restored confi- 
dence, with foreign exchanges swing- 
ing upward and general activity re- 
turning. 

Paramount spokesman declared 
that company is talking no ABC 
deal, nor has made any overtures to 
any one particular British group for 
re-entering the theater field in Eng- 
land. However, it was stated, John 
W. Hicks will look into such possi- 
bilities on his current European 

jaunt. 

♦ ♦ * 

Delegates of major film interests 
converged on Rome at mid-week to 
attempt the ironing out of the pres- 
ent impasse existing twixt U. S. 
films and Italian Government, 
brought about by latter's recent 
monopolistic decree. Decision is 
looked for this week, it is reliably 
reported, with some modifications 
anticipated. 



SEE U. S. PIX GAINS 
AFTER CZECH SPLIT UP 



Three-way partition of Czecho- 
slovakian territory by Germany, Po- 
land and Hungary is seen as actual- 
ly reacting to the benefit of U. S. 
pix companies whose product finds 
distribution in the little democracy. 

While exhibition outlets in Sude- 
tenland, Northern Moravia, and 
Northern and Southern Slovakia are 
expected to exclude U. S. product 
to some extent, the remainder of 
Czechoslovakia is viewed as sure to 
turn to American pictures almost 
exclusively, and away from German 
films, which, prior to the recent Eu- 
ropean crisis were Hollywood's close 
competitor. 

Examination of Czechoslovakian 
pix imports last year reveal, it is 
pointed out, that of the 245 foreign 
full-length films consumed, 179 were 
of U. S. and German origin. Of the 
179, 99 were U. S. and 80 German. 
Only 66 features were supplied by 
other nations of the world. 

Germany is also expected to loose 
the shorts field, 



M. H. Hoffman Joins Republic 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — M. H. Hoffman has 
been signed as an associate pro- 
ducer by Republic. 




CHARACTER 

Loyal to its original image . • • yielding to its 
user's needs. . .considerate of his budget — your 
obedient, industrious servant. . . 



CINECOLOR 



DAILY 



Monday, October 3, 1938 



PREVIEWS Of THE IIEUlf I LfflSi^r 



* SH0RT5 * 



"They're Always Caught" 

(Crime Does Not Pay) 

M-G-M 22 mins. 

Powerful Number 

About the best of this interesting 
series. Carries a punch bigger than 
most of the gangster features, for 
it is based on fact, and is fast-mov- 
ing every minute. It concerns a 
district attorney who posed as a 
racketeer-buster working with an 
honest mayor, but all the time he 
is in league with the gangsters. He 
plants a bomb under the mayor's 
car and kills him when he thinks 
the mayor is getting wise to him. 
An innocent man is held for the 
crime on circumstantial evidence. 
Then the scientific work of the lab- 
oratory specialists starts to do some 
real detecting. The way this scien- 
tist runs down the clues and finally 
pins the crime on the real criminal 
is nothing short of breath-taking. 
Carries a powerful punch of real- 
ism. 



"Wings Over Czechoslovakia" 

Frank Kessler 9 mins. 

Only Language Is Novel 

A presentation of the youth of 
Czechoslovakia engaging in some 
glider exercises under the instruc- 
tions of an expert. Then another 
sequence presents the youths watch- 
ing the army airmen as they go 
through their air stunts. There is 
nothing new in this reel, except the 
novelty of the Czech language. Eng- 
lish ttles explain that to the lis- 
tener. The photography is very 
well done, and the shots of the 
gliders in air graceful and beauti- 
ful. 



"Football Giants" 

(World of Sports) 

Columbia 10 mins. 

Poor Grid Number 

Views of the New York Football 
Giants in practice as they get ready 
for the season. Field running, punt- 
ing, kicking, laterals and attacking 
strategy. The team shows the stars 
gathered from all parts of the 
country. The material is presented 
in routine fashion even as a news- 
reel would, and indicates no orig- 
inality or special production values. 
Narrated by Jack Kofoed. Described 
by Ford Bond. The narration is a 
very routine effort, also. 



"Buzzy Boop and the Concert" 

(Betty Boop Cartoon) 

Paramount 7 mins. 

Routine Treatment 

A travesty on the highbrow con- 
certs, with little Buzzy attending 
one with Betty, and gumming things 
up as she starts to do the opera 
singer's stuff in swing. This starts 
the audience into a lively jam ses- 
sion and all hands have a good time 



instead of sitting through the fash- 
ionable concert. Just routine treat- 
ment. Produced by Max Fleischer. 



"Football Thrills" 

(Pete Smith Specialty) 

M-G-M 10 mins. 

Good Grid Resume 

A rehash of the football games 
of last season, presenting the high- 
lights in the big college games that 
made gridiron history. The clips 
include the games between Harvard- 
Yale, Yale-Princeton, Yale-Dart- 
mouth, Army-Navy, Fordham-Texas 
Christian, Purdue-Northwestern, U. 
S. C.-U. C. L. A. and Yale-Cornell. 
Pete Smith makes the explanatory 
comments of each sensational play. 
A good resume of the 1938 season 
to start the season. 



"Styles and Smiles" 

(Nu-Atlas Musical) 

RKO Radio 11 mins. 

Weak Vaude Stuff 

Under the guise of a fashion pa- 
rade, various vaude numbers are 
presented, without much sparkle or 
originality. Virginia Verrill sings. 
Charles King handles a big bulk of 
the work and is good. Harrison & 
Fischer do their dance specialty. 
Marion Daniels is the best, with 
some good acrobatic dancing. The 
style parade goes forward as these 
numbers are introduced. Produced 
by Milton Schwarzwald. 

Bustamente Plans 7-8 

Productions in Mexico 



Before he left for Mexico City 
over the week-end, Alfonso Rivas 
Bustamente, Spanish producer who 
made "Rancho Grande," winner of 
the gold medal in the Spanish divi- 
sion at the recent Venice Exposition, 
told The Film Daily that he would 
produce seven or eight pictures dur- 
ing the coming season that would 
be budgeted between $50,000 and 
$60,000 each. 

Bustamente arrived in New York 
last week on the Rex from Italy. 
He said that all his productions 
would be released through a sub- 
sidiary of Producciones A.R.B., his 
producing organization. No deals 
will be made for distribution with 
any other company, he said. 

He expects producers in Mexico 
to make approximately 60 pictures 
during the coming year. He stated 
that no production is being under- 
taken for American companies by 
the producers in Mexico City. It is 
likely, though, that a number of 
actors and actresses in Hollywood 
will be offered roles in pictures to 
be produced there on next season's 
schedule, he said. He reported that 
modernization programs during the 
past year have brought equipment 
installation up to date in most Mex- 
ican studios. 



Paramount Pictorial 

(P8-3) 

Paramount 10 mins. 

Good Odds and Ends 

Starts with views of the Oregon 
coast, showing freak things such 
as oysters imbedded in rocks, sea 
urchins and what looks like a bowl- 
ing alley. The second subject is 
pictorial, morning in the mountanis, 
a beautiful Technicolor subject, by 
Robert Bruce, with narration by 
David Ross. The final is an ele- 
phant hunt in the Belgian Congo, 
narrated by Alois Havrilla. 



"The Early Bird" 

(Scrappy Cartoon) 

Columbia 7 mins. 

In the Routine Class 

Scrappy is reading to a bird the 
story about the early bird catching 
the worm. When a worm appears, 
the bird tries to make good, with 
very disastrous results to the bird 
as the worm has a lot of fun dodg- 
ing him. The bird returns to Scrap- 
py still reading his book, and gives 
the boy a dirty look. Nothing to 
rave about. Produced by Charles 
Mintz. 



"Sue My Lawyer" 

(Harry Langdon) 

Columbia 17 mins. 

Lively Fun 

The attempts of Harry Langdon, 
a young lawyer, to be made an as- 
sistant district attorney. Harry 
learns that the D. A. is trying to 
get the evidence against a murderer, 
Red Burton, so he starts out to get 
it. His misadventures, when he 
meets the killer's moll, are funny 
and good for the laughs. Langdon 
gets into the gangster's room, where 
he finds the evidence, also a lot of 
danger that almost scares him to 
death. With Ann Doran, Monte 
Collins, Bud Jamison. Produced by 
Jules White. 



200 Sepia Tone Prints 

for Ripley "Suez" Plug 

The latest innovation in picture 
trailers is a short produced by 20th- 
Fox which features Robert (Believe 
It Or Not) Ripley bally hooing the 
company's $2,000,000 spectacle 
"Suez," which is scheduled for Oct. 
28 release. 

Two hundred sepia tone prints are 
being made to be distributed free to 
all exhibs. showing the film a short 
time before it plays in their the- 
aters. Only stipulation is that the 
exhib. must advertise the Ripley 
short. 

Running five minutes, the reel is 
a composite of Ripley sketches and 
clips from the picture. Short was 
screened Friday at the home office 
for the sales executives. It was 
produced in conjunction with Ripley 
by a special unit sent from the 
Coast. 



SIX DISTRICT MGRS. 

NAMED BY GR.NAT1 



(.Continued from Page 1) 

in addition to Alperson, by Sam 
Berkowitz, representing Fine Arts 
Pictures, and Gordon S. White( 'N. 
advertising and publicity director. 
E. W. Hammons, president, did not 
attend but will be present at the 
eastern meeting. Jack Skirball, vice 
president, also was not here but will 
address the eastern meeting this 
week-end. 

District sales managers who were 
named and the territories they will 
supervise are as follows: Morris 
Safier, West Coast, including the Los 
Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, 
Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver and 
Butte branches; James Winn, mid- 
west district including Chicago, 
Minneapolis, Omaha, St. Louis, Kan- 
sas City, Des Moines and Milwaukee; 
Ralph Kinsler, middle eastern dis- 
trict, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, 
Detroit and Indianapolis; Jules Lapi- 
dus, middle Atlantic district, includ- 
ing Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and 
Washington, D. C; Jack Lamont, 
southern district, including Atlanta, 
Dallas, New Orleans, Charlotte, Mem- 
phis and Oklahoma City, and Harry 
Asher, eastern district, including 
Boston, Buffalo, New Haven and 
Albany. 

Sol Edwards, formerly New York 
branch manager, has been named 
circuit sales manager, and Peter 
Rosian has been appointed New York 
branch manager. 

Others attending the meeting here 
included William Benjamin, Edward 
Brichetto, Harry Denny, George 
Taif and Vic Bernstein of Chicago; 
Lou Patz, Milwaukee; Glen Gregory, 
Minneapolis; Lou Levy, Des Moines; 
Bradley Fish, Salt Lake City; Rus- 
sell Borg, Kansas City; Tom Tobin, 
St. Louis; Al Mertz, Dallas; Cleve 
Adams, New Orleans; Ralph Peck- 
ham, Detroit; Jad Hull, Indian- 
apolis; Hymie Novitsky, Bill Crys- 
tal, Omaha, and Bill Nyter, Los 
Angeles. 



ltVT 



Mauro-Cottone Rites Held 

Funeral services were held on Sat- 
urday in the Church of the Holy 
Trinity, West 83rd St., for Dr. 
Melchiorre Mauro-Cottone, 56, or- 
ganist of the New York Philhar- 
monic Society, who died on Thurs- 
day, last, in Parkway Hospital. For 
many years he was organist at New 
York's Capitol Theater. Surviving 
are his widow, Mrs. Rosa Mauro- 
Cottone, and two daughters, Mrs. 
Frank Pisant and Miss Aurora Mau- 
ro-Cottone. Interment was in St. 
John's Cemetery, Long Island City. 



Conway Tearle Dead 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Conway Tearle, 60, 
stage and screen actor, is dead herej 
from a heart ailment. He had been! 
ill two weeks. His widow survives. i 



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ONTARIO ADMISH TAX 
RE-ENACTMENT LOOMS 



{Continued from Page 1) 

ured an income of $400,000 yearly 
by a theater admission tax. 

If_ Hepburn instead elects to re- 
en,'-Athe Amusement Tax Act, with 
prct^ds turned over to the respec- 
tive cities for local use, it will mean 
patrons of Ontario theaters will 
have to pay several million dollars 
additional each year in order to see 
film shows. 

Up to June, 1937, the Province of 
Ontario collected a ticket impost 
which averaged 10 per cent of the 
" eater admission revenue but the 
cities did not participate in the tax 
returns. It has now been suggested 
that the municipalities be accorded 
the benefit because relief grants by 
the Federal Government have been 
cut off. 

Approximately $2,000,000 was col- 
lected by Ontario in the last calen- 
dar year in which the Provincial 
levy was in force, the assessment 
being abolished in 1937. 



MPTOA Bids Eight Allied 
Executives to Its Convention 



(Continued from Page 1) 

the week-end by Ed Kuykendall, 
MPTOA president. 

The convention is scheduled for 
Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at the Hotel Bilt- 
more. 

Allied leaders who are to be asked 
to the annual meeting include 
Abram F. Myers, general counsel 
and chairman of the executive com- 
mittee; Nathan Yamins, president; 
Al Steffes, head of Northwest Al- 
lied; H. M. Richey, a Detroit direc- 
tor; Col. H. A. Cole of Texas; Pete 
J. Wood, business manager of the 
ITO of Ohio; Max Cohen, head of 
New York Allied, and Sidney Sam- 
uelson, former Allied president and 
a member of the board of directors. 

Brandt will be asked to represent 
the ITOA. 

Whether these invitations are in- 
dicative of an effort on the part of 
MPTOA to solve industry problems 
jointly with the independents could 
not be learned. 

Kuykendall will remain in New 
York for the rest of the current 
week. 



MPTOA Leaders Will Turn 
Cowboys at O. C. Meeting 

Oklahoma City — Extensive plans 
for decoration of Oklahoma City 
during the national MPTOA conven- 
tion here Oct. 30-Nov. 2 are being 
developed by Morris Loewenstein, 
general convention chairman. 

Arrangements are being made to 
decorate hotels, the downtown busi- 
ness streets and the fronts of all 
theaters. Dinty Moore, Standard 
theaters general manager, has 
pledged the support of Standard in 
the decoration of its houses. 

Tentative plans call for a West- 
ern welcome for conventioneers from 
the moment they leave the train 
throughout the entire meet. The 



Attention, Hollywood 

Budapest- (By Cable) — Duelling with 
sabers, Bela Pasztor, pix producer, and 
Zoltan Egyed, scenarist and critic, were 
wounded, the former seriously. Quarrel 
resulted from a critique by Egyed of a 
Pasztor pix. 



Contest Bureau for Drive 

Participants Established 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Dietz, chairman of the executive 
promotion committee. A meeting 
of the bureau is scheduled for this 
afternoon. 

Members of the bureau include 
Monroe Greenthal, United Artists; 
William Ferguson, M-G-M; Alex 
Moss, Paramount; Lou Lifton, Mon- 
ogram; Maurice Bergman, Columbia; 
Arch Reeves, 20th-Fox; Mitch Raw- 
son, Warner Bros.; Lou Pollock, 
Universal, and Paul Gulick, cam- 
paign co-ordinator, who will serve as 
an ex-officio member. 

Awards will be made for the best 
campaigns in towns of three classi- 
fications, based on population. 

Meanwhile, reports from the field 
indicate that newspaper co-operation 
on the campaign appears to be in- 
creasing with free space plus gen- 
erous publicity. 



Geo. Harvey Joins 20th-Fox 

George Harvey has joined the 
20th-Fox advertising and publicity 
staff, it was learned last week. Har- 
vey recently resigned from United 
Artists. 



Frances Weil Joins Small 

Frances Weil, who has been asso- 
ciated with Reliance Pictures for the 
last six years, has joined Edward 
Small Productions, which, on Thurs- 
day, moves to the 5th floor of 729 
Seventh Ave. 



reception committee members (na- 
tional and state board of directors) 
will meet delegates at trains and 
buses in cowboy regalia. Plans are 
also being formed for use of stage 
coaches, if practical, and other ac- 
cessories to carry out the Western 
theme. 

Arrangements for trade displays 
at the convention here are being 
made. Booths will front the pas- 
sageway to the main hall. Booth 
size has been set at eight feet 1 
square and the price reduced from 
$100 to $50, following economies in 
cost of setting up and maintaining 
the space obtained this week by 
Loewenstein. They will be equipped 
with 200 watt floodlights and ample 
outlets and special velour trim. 

Seven booths have already been 
ordered, these being: Radio Corpora- 
tion of America, 2; International 
Seating Co., 2; The American Desk 
Company, 1; Napads, Inc., 1; Burch 
Popcorn Machine Company, 1. 

Plans for entertainment of women 
delegates and wives of delegates to 
the national MPTOA meet here are 
being formulated by the Ladies" 
committee composed of Mrs. Horace 
R. Falls, Mrs. C. O. Fulgum, Mrs. 
H. J. Griffith, Mrs. Byron Moore and 
Miss Ona Johnson. 



DAILY 



7 see fy- 

The Syracuse Herald 

thai 
THE FILM DAILY 

New York, Aug. 27. — A preview 
glimpse of the new pictures, Syra- 
cuse-bound this season, as seen by 
Film Daily's reviewing staff: 

"SING, YOU SINNERS" (Para- 
mount) — This should be a winner in 
every type of theater. It has a 
human, heart-warming story and has 
been expertly produced and directed 
by Wesley Ruggles. Bing Crosby does 
splendid work as a small-town boy, 
with many "ideas," none of them 
taken seriously by members of his 
family, because he is so shiftless. 

Fred MacMurray gives an excellent 
performance as the serious, hard- 
working member of the family, while 
11-year old Donald O'Connor, making 
his screen debut, seems certain star 
material. He shows much appeal and 
ability as the younger brother of 
Bing and Fred. Another newcomer 
is winsome Ellen Drew, as Fred's 
sweetheart. Elizabeth Patterson is 
the mother of Bing, Fred and Donald. 

Claude Binyon rates many bows for 
his original story, screenplay and 
dialogue. "Small Fry," by Hoagy 
Carmichael and Frank Loesser, and 
"Pocketful of Dreams," by James V. 
Monaco and John Burke, are the 
song hits of the picture. 

When a gas station owner in his 
home town, Stokebury, Calif., refuses 
to use his idea of swapping gasoline 
for farm supplies or anything a cus- 
tomer will offer, Bing leaves for Los 
Angeles. Bing also feels he is stand- 
ing in the way of Fred's plans to 
marry Ellen. In Los Angeles, Bing 
wins a few lucky bets at a racetrack 
and sends for his mother and Donald, 
who believe he is in business. 

On their arrival they find Bing has 
bought a racehorse, but is badly in 
need of funds. To add to the com- 
plications, Fred and Ellen arrive with 
plans to marry. Donald is to ride 
Bing's horse, but John Gallaudet, 
owner of an opposing horse, tries to 
bribe the boy. Donald rides the 
horse to victory, and Gallaudet at- 
tempts to beat up the boy and Bing, 
but Fred and Elizabeth Patterson 
arrive in time to aid Bing in routing 
Gallaudet and William Haade, his 
strong-arm man. 

The Voice of 




is far reaching! 



THE 



Monday, October 3, 1938 



DAILY 



PREVIEWS OF THE DEW FILfflS v 



"Stablemates" 

with Wallace Beery, Mickey Rooney 
M-G-M 89 Mins. 

CLICKS STRONG WITH THE OLD 
RACETRACK MELLER INGREDIENTS AND 
BEERY- ROONEY COMBO. 

Chalk it up as a swell emotional race- 
track yarn loaded down with the good old 
hoke. All the old ingredients are there 
that made the daddy of all the racetrack 
yarns, "Checkers," score with ma and pa 
when we were still unborn. But they have 
been disguised and camouflaged with new 
twists and modern slants. Also there is 
the angle of Wallace Beery and Mickey 
Rooney doing their pal act with heart-tug- 
ging embellishments that will knock the 
customers into emotional moments. Beery 
as an old drunken tramp meets up with 
Mickey as a stable boy for an owner with 
one horse that loses a race,, and the owner 
is washed up. He gives the nag to Mickey, 
and the boy learns that his stablemate in 
the form of the human derelict is really a 
once famous veterinarian. After tremend- 
ous and patient coaxing and wheedling, 
Mickey finally gets the human wreck to 
sober up sufficiently to examine the horse 
and discover a tumor in its foreleg, which 
he successfully operates on. This is the 
same operation that he had done many 
years ago on a famous race horse. This 
business sounds routine to tell it, but the 
way the suspense and emotional values 
are built up through one sequence after 
another is really fine. And so the regenera- 
tion of the tramp as he throws in his lot 
with the boy and the horse, till after many 
adventures they are ready to enter the 
horse in a race. A chance meeting by 
Mickey with a woman who owns a famous 
stable gives him the break he had been 
praying for. She enters the horse under 
her colors, with Mickey as the jockey. 
Grand suspense injected with the fact that 
Beery has a detective trailing him for a 
tragedy that killed a jockey years ago in a 
race after Beery had doped the horse for 
a gambling ring. Retribution catches up 
with Beery as the detective spots him as 
the race starts, and this combined with 
the thrilling ride gives a new angle to 
the old racetrack theme. Beery and Rooney 
are tops with grand performances. The 
direction gets every ounce of entertainment 
value out of a very exciting and human 
story. 

CAST: Wallace Beery, Mickey Rooney, 
Arthur Hohl, Margaret Hamilton, Minor 
Watson, Marjorie Gateson, Oscar O'Shea. 

CREDITS: Producer, Harry Rapf; Direc- 
tor, Sam Wood; Authors, William Thiele, 
Reginald Owen; Screenplay, Leonard Pras- 
kins, Richard Maibaum; Editor, W. Don 
Hayes; Cameraman, John Seitz. 

DIRECTION, Fine. PHOTOGRAPHS The 
Best. 



Further Fleischer-Union 
Pact Talks Due This Week 



Meeting between Max Fleischer, 
Inc., and a committee representing 
the United American Artists and 
Professional Workers union on Fri- 
day to work out terms of a new con- 
tract was adjourned until this week. 
It is expected that negotiations will 
be completed this week. 



'A Man to Remember' 

with Anne Shirley, Edward Ellis, 
Lee Bowman 



RKO Radio 



80 Mins. 



(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 
SPLENDID STORY OF SACRIFICE AND 
HUMANITY PACKS PLENTY OF AUDI- 
ENCE APPEAL. 

A beautiful story of sacrifice and hu- 
manity is this tale of the country doctor 
who lived a life of service for others and 
whose death was mourned by everyone who 
knew him. A tone of reality pervades the 
piece in such a manner that an intense 
interest is built up in the doings of this 
man to whom money meant little while 
he worked for the welfare of mankind. 
The picture is one which should be seen 
as a document of unselfishness, and many 
a public spirited group could do well to 
sponsor it. Edward Ellis, who plays the 
doctor, turns in a truly grand performance. 
It is a gem of honesty and sincerity. Anne 
Shirley's portrayal of his ward, who is evei 
by his side, is a characterization of sweet- 
ness and tenderness. Playing the doctor's 
son is Lee Bowman. His work is worthy 
of commendation as is that of William 
Henry, John Wray, Granville Bates, Harlan 
Briggs, Frank Thomas and Dickie Jones, 
all of whom carry lesser roles. This ex- 
cellent production was directed by Garson 
Kanin. Its good taste and fine presenta- 
tion are qualities for which he deserves 
a lot of credit. So is his guiding of the 
players. The splendid screenplay was the 
work of Dalton Trumbo from Katharine 
Haviland-Taylor's story. Robert Sisk pro- 
duced and Lee Marcus was production ex- 
ecutive on a picture that it would do 
everyone a lot of good to see. As for 
plot, Edward Ellis returns to Westport 
after years of practice elsewhere as quite 
an unsuccessful physician, at least finan- 
cially speaking. His wife has died and 
with him is his small son. His first case 
is the delivery of a child. The mother dies 
and the embittered father departs from 
the town leaving the baby to Ellis to bring 
up. In the nineteen years that he practices 
in Westport, he goes through all sorts of 
experiences, notable in his unselfishness 
and the work he does with no thought of 
financial reward. His boy (Lee Bowman) 
grows up to be a successful doctor and the 
girl (Anne Shirley) a fine young lady. For 
a while, the boy tries a money medical 
career, but he comes back to follow in his 
father's steps and it seems, too, that the 
girl and boy love one another. The father's 
job is done and he passes on, to be 
mourned by the whole town. 

CAST: Anne Shirley, Edward Ellis, Lee 
Bowman, William Henry, John Wray, Gran- 
ville Bates, Harlan Briggs, Frank M. 
Thomas, Dickie Jones, Carole Leete, Gil- 
bert Emery, Joseph De Stefani. 

CREDITS: Production Executive, Lee 
Marcus; Producer, Robert Sisk; Director, 
Garson Kanin; From the Story, "Failure," 
by Katharine Haviland-Taylor; Screenplay, 
Dalton Trumbo; Cameraman, J. Roy Hunt, 
ASC; Art Director, Van Nest Polglase; 
Associate, Albert D'Agostino; Editor, Jack 
Hively; Sound, John L. Cass; Montage by 
Douglas Travers; Musical Score, Roy Webb. 

DIRECTION, Fine. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



"Mr. Wong, Detective" 

with Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, 

Maxine Jennings 

Monogram 68 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

FAST-MOVING MYSTERY STORY WITH 
PLENTY OF SUSPENSE LAUNCHES NEW 
SERIES. 

This picture gets the new Boris Karloff 
series off to a good start. Karloff does 
his usual splendid work as an Oriental de- 
tective, who solves a trio of murders that 
puzzle San Francisco police. William Nigh's 
direction is skillful and holds suspense to 
the end. William T. Lackey rates credit 
as associate producer. Hooper Atchley 
and William Gould, partners of John Ham- 
ilton, induce Hamilton to sign papers agree- 
ing to turn over business to the partner 
who survives the others in event of death. 
The partners are trying to ship mysterious 
chemical to a foreign country. John St. 
Polis, an inventor, threatens Hamilton with 
death because he has not returned his 
formula. Hamilton is found dead at his 
desk and St. Polis is held for questioning. 
Karloff finds fine glass near Hamilton's 
body and is convinced he was murdered. 
Chemists declare the glass held a deadly 
gas. Atchley and Gould are found dead 
under the same circumstances surrounding 
Hamilton's death. Karloff makes the de- 
duction that gas is in the glass bulb, which 
shatters at the sound of a police siren 
and that the murderer (St. Polis) always 
arranges to have his victims call the police. 
Grant Withers, as a police captain, who 
is always outwitted by Karloff, Lucien Pri- 
val, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent and 
George Lloyd are among the principals. 
Houston Branch wrote a gripping screen- 
play. 

CAST: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, 
Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent, George 
Lloyd, Lucien Preval, John St. Polis, Wil- 
liam Gould, Hooper Atchley, Frank Bruno, 
John Hamilton, Wilbur Mack, Lee Tong 
Foo, Lynton Brent, Grace Wood. 

CREDITS: Producer, Scott R. Dunlap; 
Associate Producer, William T. Lackey; 
Director, William Nigh; Based on series 
by Hugh Wiley; Screenplay, Houston 
Branch; Cameraman, Harry Neumann; Edi- 
tor, Russell Schoengarth; Musical Director, 
Art Meyer. 

DIRECTION, Suspenseful. PHOTOGRA- 
PHY, Good. 

O'Loghlin Starts Final 

Kent Drive Tour Oct. 21 



Third and final trip of James P. 
O'Loghlin, 20th-Fox Kent Drive 
leader and Canadian district man- 
ager, as leader of this year's Kent 
Drive, will start in Los Angeles 
around Oct. 21. He will be accom- 
panied on this trip by William J. 
Clark, short subjects sales manager. 

He will also be accompanied by 
William J. Kupper, William C. Geh- 
ring and William Sussman, division 
managers, in their respective divi- 
sions. Kupper will start out with 
O'Loghlin on the trip, and the other 
two sales managers will meet him 
when he reaches their respective ter- 
ritories. 



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after a board of directors meeting 
Saturday morning. 

It is reported here that Moor %may 
head a new booking organiza( 

Despite persistent rumors that H. 
M. Richey, head of public relations 
for Cooperative, would also leave, 
Delodder stated that no further 
changes were contemplated. How- 
ever, more reorganization steps are 
expected early this week. 



Allied Eastern Regional 

Plans Pix Buying Survey 

(Continued from Page 1) 
jects slated for discussion include 
the government's anti-trust suit, 
the Neely bills, the North Dakota 
theater divorcement measure and 
the "Motion Pictures Greatest Year" 
campaign. 

In addition to Allied units of New 
England, New Jersey, New York, 
Connecticut, Maryland and Wash- 
ington, D. C., a number of indie ex- 
hibitors of Delaware and eastern 
Pennsylvania are expected to be 
present. 

A supper dance and floor show at 
the Nomad Club are slated for the 
opening night, Oct. 19, with other 
entertainment on tap Thursday af- 
ternoon and night, including a cock- 
tail party and banquet. Suitable 
diversion has been arranged for the 
wives of delegates. 



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learned over the week-end. At the 
same time it was learned that the 
Italian government has granted a 
stay of time en filing licenses until 
Dec. 1. It originally set a 10-day 
deadline which expired last Friday. 

Rome (By Cable) — Definition and 
details of application attending the 
newly framed film decree, carrying 
possible modifications, are expected 
to be announced here this week, it 
is reported in well-informed circles. 

Representatives of American film 
interests in Italy have already pre- 
sented their views to local official 
channels under whose jurisdiction 
film imports are regulated. 



Minn. Supreme Court Rules 
Ten-O-Win Lottery, 4 to 3 

Minneapolis— By a split decision, 
4-3, the Minnesota Supreme Court 
on Friday handed down a decision 
ruling Ten-O-Win a lottery. Decision 
was in the case against the Schu- 
bert Theater Players Co., operating 
Lyceum theater, St. Paul. Trial in 
Ramsy County District Court had 
resulted in a conviction. 



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Graham, Para. Brit. Head Quits: No Successor Named 



Terminates 21 -Year Associa- 
tion; Balaban Expresses 
Regrets 

London (By Cable) — John Cecil 
jraham, Paramount's managing di- 
ector in Great Britain, yesterday 
mnounced his resignation, effective 
mmediately. No successor has been 
lamed. 



Dual "A's" Before CEA General Council 

London (By Cable) — General Council of the CEA, meeting here Oct. 12, is ex- 
pected to further consider the doubling of "A" pix, following fresh squawks from 
branches. 

Complaint is aimed at the major circuits, which are accused of cornering the market 
and playing twin "A's" in the face of a product shortage seriously felt by indie exhibs. 



Barney Balaban, president of 
Paramount, yesterday expressed his 
i'egret over the announcement from 
London that John Cecil Graham 
had resigned as the company's man- 

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FOR COUNSEL REPORT TO SET U.K. PACT DEAL 



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West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — While seven titles for 
1938-39 are announced by Selznick 
International, releasing arrange- 
ments for four are still to be made, 
it was said yesterday. 

Pix covered by distribution com- 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Supreme Court Will Select 
Cases to be Heard Monday 

By MILTON F. LUNCH 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — With 399 cases on 
the docket, the U. S. Supreme Court 
yesterday opened its new term. Next 
Monday, the court will decide the 
cases to be heard. 

Already set for re-hearing on Oct. 
19 is the General Talking Pictures 
vs. Western Electric and Erpi case. 
Samuel E. Darby, Jr., and Epprain 

{Continued on Page 10) 

Tri-National Films, New 

Name for Otterson Firm 



Tri-National Films, Inc., is the 
new name of the company formerly 
known as Inter-Allied Films Corp., 

(.Continued on Page 9) 



Further meetings of the trade 
practice committee and any an- 
nouncement regarding its program 
must wait until a complete report 
of counsel has been submitted for 
study regarding its recent Washing- 
ton session with Thurman Arnold, 
Assistant U. S. Attorney General, 
and Paul Williams, Special Assis- 
(Continued on Page 9) 

D of J Regional Offices 

Urged by Thurman Arnold 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Impending move by 
the Department of Justice to estab- 
lish "regional offices strategically 
located and properly staffed" was 
envisioned here yesterday, following 
the week-end address of Thurman 

(Continued on Page 4) 



E. W. Hammons, president of 
Grand National Pictures, is sched- 
uled to sail on the Normandie on 
Oct. 12 for England where he will 
negotiate a distribution deal for the 
United Kingdom. It is possible 
that a contract will be closed with 
Associated British Cinemas, which 
handled Grand National product 
under the old setup but whose pact 
had expired. 

Jack Barnstyn, foreign sales man- 
ager for the old GN organization, is 

(Continued on Page 9) 



La Tax Commission Action 
on Majors' Appeal Waits 

New Orleans — No action has as 
yet been taken by the Louisian Tax 
Commission on the appeal filed by 

(Continued on Page 10) 



$41,000,000 Figure Attacked 

as Too Low by Indie 

Stockholders Group 

Two sessions, separated by a 90- 
minute recess at mid-day, brought 
more definite crystallization to the 
current RKO reorganization hear- 
ings yesterday in Federal Court, 
with minority interests leveling 
further barrages of criticism against 
fairness and feasibility, and seeking 
what in their opinions would con- 
stitute more equitable adjustments, 
while majority interests stood firm 
for the plan's confirmation. 

Joseph M. Cohen of the George 
L. Schein group, representing the 
independent stockholders' protective 

(Continued on Page 10) 

FAIRBANKS PLANNING 
"DUAL LANGUAGE" PIX 



Columbia Stockholders Re-elect All 
Directors and Okay Board's Actions 



Levee Denies There is War 
Between Agents and Actors 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Commenting on a 
published report that there is a war 
on between the actors and agents 
over the Screen Actors Guild pro- 
posal to license agents, M. C. Levee 
declared that the committee he has 
appointed and the committee named 
(Continued on Page 9) 



New employment contracts with 
executives and options to purchase 
stock at approximately $14 per share 
were granted yesterday at the an- 
nual stockholders' meeting of Co- 
lumbia Pictures. 

Stock options were granted to 
Samuel J. Briskin for 10,000 shares; 
to Abe Schneider for 7,500 shares, 
and to Abe Montague for 7,500 
shares. 

The retiring board was re-elected 
(Continued on Page 4) 



Douglas Fairbanks has organized 
a company for the production of 
"dual language" pictures, he an- 
nounced yesterday upon his arrival 
with Mrs. Fairbanks from England 
on the Queen Mary. Production 
units will be set up in Switzerland, 
France, England and possibly in 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Avoid Foreign Political 

Themes for Pix — Ruggles 

The political situation abroad 
should not be the basis for film 
stories, in the opinion of Wesley 
Ruggles, Paramount producer-direc- 
tor, who returned yesterday on the 
Queen Mary from a three-months' 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Drive's "Musical Week" 

Will Start on Oct. 31 



"Musical Week of Motion Pictures' 
Greatest Year" will be observed 
starting Oct. 31, it was announced 
yesterday by Harold B. Franklin, biz 
manager of the industry drive. Mu- 
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DR. A. H. GIANNINI is spending a few days 
in New York. 

SIDNEY R. KENT and MRS. KENT returned 
to New York yesterday on the Century from 
the Coast where the 20th-Fox president visited 
the studios. 

E. W. HAMMONS, president of Crand Na- 
tional, sails Oct. 12 on the Normandie for Eng- 
land. 

CHARLES E. MCCARTHY, director of adver- 
tising and publicity for 20th-Fox, returned to 
New York from the Coast on Saturday. 

EDWARD L. ALPERSON, Grand National gen- 
eral sales manager, arrives today from Chi- 
cago. 

MARC LACHMAN, national exploitation man- 
ager for 20th-Fox, arrived from the Coast yes- 
terday. 

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, MRS. FAIRBANKS, 
REGINALD REUBENSON. JULIAN SCHLESINCER, 
JUNE LANG and W. B. LEVY arrived on the 
Queen Mary yesterday. 

BEN GOETZ, M-G-M production head in 
England, has cancelled his departure on the 
Queen Mary Thursday for a later date. 

JACK WARNER and MRS. WARNER are 
scheduled to sail for England Thursday on the 
Queen Mary. 

FRANK SELTZER, director of advertising and 
oublicity for Hal Roach, arrived from the Coast 
yesterday morning on the Century. 

J. CHEEVER COWDIN, "U" board chairman, is 
scheduled to sail this week on the Queen Mary. 

TED CURTIS, Eastman Kodak exec, returns 
to Rochester from New York today. 

MARY PICKFORD arrived in Columbus, O., 
vesterday by plane to visit her husband, Buddy 
Rogers, who was injured in a car crash. 

A. E. MEYER, general sales manager of In- 
ternational Projector, has left New York to 
v-sit National Theater Supply branches in the 
West. 

JOHN BARBIROLLI, New York Philharmonic 
conductor, is due back in New York from three 
•nonths in England and France, on board the 
Aquitania Oct. 11. 

HAL ROACH and his wife are stopping at 
the Ambassador. 

ALBERTINA RASCH, who has been in New 
York on vacation, has returned to Hollywood 
to work on the dance routines in M-G-M's 
"Dramatic School." 

MRS. FLORENCE MARSTON, Eastern head 
of the Screen Actors Guild, left last night by 
Diane for Houston to attend the AFL conven- 
tion. 

STANLEY MARLOWE, of the Broadway stage, 
is in Hollywood to appear in pictures for Irwin 
Zeltner. 



WILFRID LAWSON arrived here yesterday from 
England to appear in Gilbert Miller's pro- 
duction of J. B. Priestley's play, "I Have Been 
Here Before." 

LILY PONS left town yesterday to begin her 
eighth concert tour throughout the country. 

DOUGLAS CORRICAN is in New York writ- 
ing his life story for magazine serialization. 
He expects to complete it in 10 days and leave 
for Hollywood to star in RKO Radio's "Born 
to Fly." 

SABU, East Indian star of "Drums," sails to- 
day on the S. S. Paris for London to prepare 
for his role in "The Thief of Bagdad." 

FERNAND CRAVET sails today for Europe on 
the S. S. Paris. 

BILL LANGFORD and CHARLES MOOSHION 
arrive in Baltimore today from Washington with 
Paramount's mule-drawn Ozark covered wagon 
ballyhooing Bob Burns' "Arkansas Traveler." 

JOHN PAYNE, Warner player in "Garden of 
the Moon," arrives here from the Coast to- 
morrow, accompanied by his wife, ANNE 
SHIRLEY, for a 10-day vacation. 

MAXWELL EVERETT ROSFNBLOOM, boxer 
turned actor, arrived in New York yesterday for 
a visit with relatives following completion of 
his role in "Women in the Wind," for Warners. 

MRS. W. RAY JOHNSTON is in Cincinnati 
visiting Mr. and Mrs. Nate LeVene of Uni- 
versal. Johnston will join her there in a few 
weeks and they will return to New York to- 
gether. 

WILLIAM WELLMAN, wife and two children 
left the Coast yesterday for a three-months' 
vacation in Bermuda and New York. 

JAMES WHALE is en route East on his way 
to London via the Queen Mary Thursday to 
shoot background scenes for "The Man in the 
Iron Mask." 

MIRIAM HOPKINS planed into New York 
where her husband, ANATOLE LITVAK, will 
join her today for a week's vacation. 

LAWRENCE TIBBETT, opera star, arrived in 
Los Angeles yesterday from a concert tour in 
Australia. 

CLAUDE B1NYON planed to New York from 
the Coast to meet WESLEY RUCGLES who ar- 
rived on the Queen Mary from London to dis- 
cuss the scripting of "Invitation to Happiness." 

OTTO KRUCER sails for London Oct. 18 
to make a picture for BIP. 

JOHN E. BROWNE, president of Malcolm 
Browne Pictures, arrives in Hollywood today 
from New York. 

SCOTT R. DUNLAP, production chief for 
Monogram, and MRS. DUNLAP have motored to 
S?n Francisco from Hollywood and joined W. 
RAY JOHNSTON, president. The execs, will 
confer with Mel Hulling of the Frisco exchange 
on the new product. 

BEN SHLYEN, trade paper publisher, is here 
from Kansas City. 



B & K, Warner Theaters 
File Trust Suit Answers 



Chicago — Attorneys for B & K 
and Warner Theaters filed their 
answers to the Gary anti-trust suit, 
yesterday in Federal Judge William 
Holly's court. 



Warners May Sail 

Jack Warner, vice-president in 
charge of production for Warner 
Bros., and Mrs. Warner are sched- 
uled to sail for London Thursday on 
the Queen Mary in order to attend 
the opening of the new Warner the- 
ater there next week. They planned 
to leave last week, but cancelled 
their passage in view of the Eu- 
ropean situation. 



Disney Has 6 for 39-40 

Six Walt Disney subjects for the 
1939-40 program have been com- 
pleted, according to Hal Home, Dis- 
ney's eastern representative, who 
has just returned from the Coast, 
said yesterday. 

Flinn Resting Comfortably 

It was reported last night at Mt. 
Sinai Hospital that John C. Flinn's 
condition was good and that he was 
resting comfortably. He was strick- 
en Saturday with a gallstone attack. 



Will Buy or Lease 

Theatre Property Towns of 10,000 to 
50,000 Population in Following States: 
New York, Conn., Mass., New Hampshire, 
New Jersey, or Pa. Write Box 1068, The 
Film Daily, 1501 Broadway, New York 
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Oregon Theaters Fight 

to Validate Gift Night 

Portland, Ore. — Arguments were 
heard here by Circuit Judge Robert 
Tucker on a defense demurrer tc 
the complaint in the action brought 
by Carl R. McFadden, owner of th 
Laurelhurst Theater, seeking 
declaratory judgment that the giv 
ing of coupons with stubs s( che 
and the holding of drawiir fe <s' fo 
prizes do not violate the state lot 
tery statute. 

District Attorney James R. Bairi 
and Sheriff Martin Pratt defendants 
in the case contend that the plan] 
known as gift night, constitutes a! 
lottery. The suit was instituted on 
behalf of about a dozen community 
theaters which distribute free cou- 
pons for prize drawings. 

20th-Fox Foreign Sales 

Ahead, Says Irving Maas 

Returning from Europe yesterday 
on the Queen Mary after a tour of 
the 20th-Fox European exchanges,! 
Irving Maas, foreign service man- 
ager for the company told The Film 
Daily that the company's foreign 
business is good, with selling well 
ahead of last year. Maas stated that 
with the European situation eased, 
the company's branches are confident 
of another banner year. 

Dr. Giannini Returning 

to Hollywood This Week 

Dr. A. H. Giannini, who arrived 
here over the week-end to attend the 
Columbia stockholders meeting yes-B 
terday, will return to the Coast to-B 
morrow or Thursday, he said. Gian- 
nini was optimistic about business,] 
with a solution of the European sit 
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(Continued from Page 1) 

Germany and Italy. Two versions 
of each picture will be made, one 
in the native language of the coun- 
try in which it is made and an- 
other in English. Company is to be 
known as Douglas Fairbanks Pic- 
tures, Inc. 

Fairbanks said he had plans to 
make two pictures in California, al- 
though he will not appear in them. 
Tentative title of one is "The Tenth 
Woman" and the other is "The Story 
of Lolo Montez." 

A meeting of United Artists board 
of directors has been scheduled for 
Friday, Fairbanks said, at which 
time a new president may be elected 
to succeed Dr. A. H. Giannini. Mau- 
rice Silverstone he asserted, would 
probably be elected. 

(Silverstone later told The Film 
Daily that an election was not 
scheduled for Friday, adding that 
this matter would rest with the 
stockholders who will hold their an- 
nual meeting in November. Board's 
principal attention will be devoted 
to the foreign situation, Silverstone 
stated). 

Ties Duals Explanation 

With Plug for Opposition 

Harrisburg, Pa. — Initial dual bill 
at the Senate theater here caused 
Robert Sidman to take display space 
for an open letter of explanation 
giving "the inside facts." 

Reason, said Sidman frankly, was 
the fact that the two pix booked 
were not equal to "such fine films" 
as were playing opposition houses. . . 
and Sidman named titles as well as 
theaters. "To give you your money's 
worth (which is our policy) and for 
no other reason, we are placing both 
these pictures on the same bill. 
What's wrong with this policy?" 

W. H. Marshall Dead 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — William Henry Mar- 
shall, 60, pioneer projectionist, is 
dead. He was last at the Savoy The- 
ater. 





Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 4 

B. F. Zeidman . . . 

Buster Keaton 
Carroll Nye 
Marcel Silver 



with PHIL A4. DALY 



• • • THEY WELCOMED a young producer into the ranks of 

United Artists yesterday and threw him a swanky luncheon at 

the Rainbow Grill atop the RCA building in Radio City the young 

lad's name is Hal Roach a rosy cheeked lad filled with a lot of 

optimism and ideals we sincerely trust this hard boiled business 

doesn't kick all the ideals and optimism out of him he has com- 
pleted his first production for UA it is titled "There Goes My 

Heart" a guy with as much enthusiasm as this lad Roach has 

certainly should go far and his fresh outlook on the picture business 
is something this cynical industry needs 

T T T 

• • • FOR THE occasion Maurice Silverstone, chairman of 
the executive committee of United Artists, invited as tough a gang 
of hard-boiled picture people as it is possible to gather together 

in one room look at the list .. f >, . .Doc. A. H. Giannini, 

George J. Schaefer, M. H. Aylesworth, Jack Alicoate, Arthur 
Kelly, Paul Lazarus, John O'Connor, Harry Buckley, Harry Gold, 

Lynn Farnol, Monroe Greenthal Colvin Brown, Terry Ram- 

saye, W. G. Van Schmus, Chester B. Bahn, Maurice Kann, Jerry 

Jerauld, Joe Vogel, Allen Steam, Ben Shlyen Roy Chartier, 

Frank Seltzer, Eddie Moran, Tom Walker, Henry ("Hank") Linet, 
Ed Churchill, John Nolan, Sam Shain, Jack Smith, William Mapes, 
Max Solomon the honored guest, this young Hal Roach fel- 
low, was rather surprised that no speeches were made but 

the Committee of Arrangements were afraid that any of this 
tough cynical bunch called on to speak might say something to 

disillusion young Roach they decided to let him keep his 

Ideals about the business a little longer wait he'll find 

out soon enough but it must be marvellous to have all that 

Enthusiasm and Optimism like young Roach he's only been 

in the business 25 years or so 

T T T 

• • • PRODUCING Committee for the fifth annual "Night of Stars'' 
to aid the settlement of refugees in Palestine has been named by Chair- 
man Louis K. Sidney the honorary chairmanship of the Commit- 
tee of well known personalities in the amusement world consists of 
Barney Balaban, Nate Blumberg, Jack Cohn, Nicholas M. Schenck, Leo 

Spitz, Major Albert Warner the show takes place at Madison 

Square Garden on Nov. 16 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • ARTY NOTE a grind house barker in front of 

his stand on Forty-second Street using an atomizer to spray 

his tonsils in between barks the guy needs the spray 

all the sounds that come out of his throat are gargles 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • IN HONOR of his fiftieth birthday a dinner was given 

atl the Hotel Highland in Springfield, Mass to Nathan E. Gold- 
stein, head of the Western Massachusetts Theaters Nate started 

in the film biz 25 years ago with penny arcades a set of golf 

clubs was presented to him by Toastmaster Harry Smith on behalf of 
the guests. . . • Folks in the theaters evidently cherish fond memories 
of oldtimers like Mabel Nonnand. the Keystone Cops, Bill Hart, Will 
Rogers, judging by the success of that oldtimer reel, "The Memory 
Lingers," which gets a hand every time it appears on the screen 



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and all acts and proceedings of thi 
board during the previous yea; 
were approved. Re-elected dy 7ton 
include Harry Cohn, Jack Cc_ ^, A 
Schneider, Charles Schwartz, Let 
M. Blancke, Sol Bornstein, and Jacl 
Kerner. 

Officers are expected to be electee 
by the board at a meeting later this 
week. 






D of J Regional Offices 

Urged by Thurman Arnold 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Arnold, Assistant U. S. Attornej 
General, before the Missouri Bai 1 
Association in St. Louis. 

Arnold, key man in the Govern-; 
ment's equity suit against the ma-| 
jors, declared that with such of- 
fices "we can make respect for th< 
anti-trust laws the normal condud 
of business men," adding, "it is 
equally certain that we cannot po- 
lice America with the present cor- 
poral's guard." 

Without referring to the films 
action, Arnold said, however: <! 'I 
believe that if we take up our prob- 
lems, industry by industry, case by 
case, in a spirit which is based or 
the competitive ideal, but which is 
willing to take such limited meas 
ures of control as hard facts (not 
principles) indicate we can avoid 
imposing an alien tradition on our 
competitive economy." 



IATSE Will Charter New 
Toronto Exchange Union 

Toronto— IATSE will charter the 
newly organized exchange workers 
union here, it is announced by W. 
P. Covert, IATSE international vice- 
prexy. 

Asked if this move of Toronto 
workers marks beginning of general 
organization of exchange workers of 
Dominion, by the IATSE, Covert 
stated the meeting here was only 
local in character. He pointed out 
exchange workers in Vancouver al- 
ready have a union. Names of of- 
ficers of Toronto union will be an- 
nounced later. 



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Lincoln's "Corrigari 

Lincoln, Neb.— When T. B. Noble, Jr. 
remodelled the Varsity, he changed sides 
of the mezzanine for the ladies and 
gents lounges. Nobody told the movie 
critic, Barney Oldfield, Sunday Journal 
and Star, who dashed up to the accus- 
tomed place. First inkle something was 
wrong came when he spotted a woman 
standing in front of a mirror fixing her 
hair. Before he could step out, she 
turned on him and snapped: 

"Who do you think you are? Cor- 
riganl" 



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National 

Release 

October 



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THAT 

CERTAIN 
AGE 

with 

H E L V Y N 

MUfiLAS 

k JACKIE COOPER 
P IRENE RICH 
NANCY CARROLL 
JOHN HALLIDAY 



Screenplay by Bruce Manning 

Original story by F. Hugh Herbert 

Music by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson 

Directed by EDWARD LUDWIG 
A JOE PASTERNAK Production 



A NEW UNIVERSAL PICTURE 







"MY OWN", "THAT CERTAIN 
AGE", "BE A GOOD SCOUT* 
"YOU'RE AS PRETTY AS A PICTURE" 
WALTZ ARIA/rom"ROMEO & JULIET" 
&"LES FILLES DE CADIX"6y DELIBESj 




Tuesday, October 4, 1938 



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By RALPH WILK 

HOLLYWOOD 
To Pen Americanized Lyrics 

A .^N" RONELL, noted composer 
^_md lyricist, who wrote the 
lyrics for "Who's Afraid of the Big 
Bad Wolf,' "Bahy's Birthday Party," 
"Willow Weep for Me" and many 
other compositions, has been en- 
gaged by Universal Studios to write 
the Americanized lyrics for the two 
classical numbers which Deanna 
Durbin sings in "That Certain Age." 
The numbers are "Arietta No. 3" 
from Gounod's opera, "Romeo and 
Juliet," and Leo Delibes', "Les Filles 
de Cadix," which will be published 
with the Americanized lyrics by G. 
Schirmer & Sons, Inc., New York 
City. 

T T T 

Peggy Moran With Autry 

Peggy Moran is playing the fem- 
inine lead opposite Gene Autry in 
"Rodeo Busters" which is being di- 
rected by George Sherman, for Re- 
public. 

▼ T ▼ 

Peggy Ryan To Entertain 

Peggy Ryan, 14-year-old dancing 
star, who appeared in "Top Of the 
Town," will be the chief attraction 



WHO'S WHO IN HOLLYWOOD 

• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 197 • • • 
LJERMAN SCHLOM. Republic producer. Is a native of Cleveland, 0., 
and attended schools in that city. Made his first appearance in Holly- 
wood when he joined the Universal leasing de- 
partment. Became assistant director to Tod 
Browning, Monta Bell, John Stahl and others. 
Rejoined leasing department and took charge of 
it. In 1934, joined Monogram as production 
manager and worked on 27 pictures for that 
company. Later he joined Republic as pro- 
duction manager, and in 1936 became associate 
producer at Republic. Has made seven pictures 
for Republic. 




at the entertainment to be given by 
the San Diego Tail-Waggers club 
Nov. 12. 

T T T 

From Weber to Webb 

Dave Weber, the comedian, has 
had his name changed to Danny 
Webb, and is playing the comedy 



lead in a series of 12 comedy shorts 
at Columbia. 

▼ T T 

Rogell to Crime Club 

Al Rogell has been signed by 
Izwing Starr of Crime Club Produc- 
tions of Universal to direct "The 
Dead Don't Care," Jonathan La- 



timer's original story with screen- 
play by Edmund L. Hartmann. It 
goes into production about Oct. 10. 
Preston Foster and Frank Jenks 
have already been assigned the chief 
male leading roles. 

▼ T T 

Metro Adds to Casts 

Cast additions at the Metro stu- 
dios are Reginald Owen for "Sweet- 
hearts"; Granville Bates for "Young 
Dr. Kildare"; Melville Cooper for 
"Dramatic School"; and Gene and 
Kathleen Lockhart to play Mr. and 
Mrs. Bob Cratchit in "A Christmas 
Carol." * T » 

Monkey Plays with Ruggles 

"Schlemiel," Charlie Ruggles' pet 
monkey, will be seen with the star 
for the first time on the screen in 
"Adam's Evening," which is now 
being filmed at the Universal stu- 
dios. Ruggles has the monkey in- 
sured for $2000. 

T T ▼ 

Hornblow Signs Mexican 

Arthur Hornblow, Jr., now vaca- 
tioning in the interior of Mexico, has 
wired his office that he had signed 
Senora Alvarez, the native singing 
favorite, for "Drums Over Havana," 
one of his forthcoming Paramount 
productions. 



Republic Closes Pix Deal 
With W.-B.'s Coast Houses 



Republic has closed a deal with 
Warner Bros. West Coast houses for 
the company's complete program of 
features, westerns and serials. Deal 
calls for the playing of the product 
in the circuit's houses in San Ber- 
nadino, Santa Barbara, San Pedro, 
Fresno, Huntington Park and Bev- 
erly Hills, all in California; and in 
Salem, Aberdeen and Hoquian, in 
Oregon. 

James R. Grainger, Grover C. 
Parsons and Francis Bateman rep- 
resented Republic in the negotia- 
tions, and Lou Halper and Port Ma- 
jor represented Warner Bros. 

It was also announced that Re- 
public had closed a deal with the 
Frisina Circuit of 20 houses in the 
St. Louis territory. 



F. D. Richey Rites Held 

Detroit — Floyd D. Richey, 49, 
manager of the Ambassador The- 
ater for the Sam Brown Circuit, died 
suddenly in Detroit Osteopathic Hos- 
pital. He is survived by two sisters 
and a brother. Burial took place 
yesterday in Bay City, following 
services in Detroit. 



Tele's Big Problem 

Montreal — Television's biggest prob- 
lem, from the technical standpoint, is 
the task of bringing telecast images up 
to suitable size, according to Dr. Frank 
Baldwin Jewitt, director of research in 
charge of Bell Telephone labs. 



John Browne Setting Dates 
For First M-B Productions 



Release dates for the first two 
pictures made by Equity Pictures, 
Inc., for Malcolm Browne distribu- 
tion will be set this week in Holly- 
wood conferences between Benny 
Zeidman, production chief, and John 
E. Browne, president of Malcolm 
Browne. "Prison Train" and "The 
Masked Phantom" have been com- 
pleted and a third picture, "The 
Great Diamond Scandal" is now in 
production. 

Browne left for the Coast last 
week-end. In addition to production 
conferences he is expected to com- 
plete negotiations for distribution 
franchises on the West Coast. 

A system of 13 exchanges already 
has been established, with other 
deals pending. 



Berlin Hears Germany 

to Ask U. S. Trade Pact 



Berlin (By Cable) — Germany will 
press for a trade treaty with the 
U. S. at an early date, it is authori- 
tatively reported here. Films, it is 
understood, will be included in the 
scope of the Nazi proposals, if and 
when made. 



Cagney Pact Runs 2 Years 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Burbank — James Cagney's current 
contract will keep him with War- 
ners for two more years, despite re- 
ports that his present deal only cov- 
ers his next production, "Oklahoma 
Kid," which starts shooting on 
Thursday. After "Oklahoma Kid," 
Cagney will star in "Each Dawn I 
Die," based upon the Jerome Odium 
best-seller. 



Herb. Ochs Under Knife 

Cleveland — Hex-bert Ochs, Vita- 
graph branch manager, was rushed 
to St. Vincent's Hospital and oper- 
ated on for removal of a stone in 
the kidney. 



Garyn Gets T-M Rights 

Pat Garyn, formerly general man- 
ager of National Screen Service 
Corp., has purchased a 10-year fran- 
chise for Trailer-Made product for 
Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. 
Garyn is opening offices in Dallas 
at 302% So. Harwood St. and is 
starting local service in operation 
within the next two weeks. 



Scott In 6 for Spectrum 

Fred Scott will make six musical 
westerns for Spectrum Pictures, it 
is announced by Fred Bellin, super- 
visor of distribution for Spectrum. 
First will be "Code of the Fear- 
less." 



Joe Hennegan Dead 

Cincinnati — Joe Hennegan, form- 
er motion picture operator in Cin- 
cinnati, and a character actor, died 
at his home here. 



Pioneer Exhib. Passes 

Manchester, N. H. — Ned W. 
Flanders, 71, who opened the first 
motion picture theater in this city, 
is dead. 



National Screen Issuing 
New Movie Quiz Trailers 

National Screen Service is releas- 
ing a new special trailer which can 
be attached to all pre-vues of Mo- 
vie Quiz pictures. The combination 
announces on the same frame the 
day or days the picture is to be 
shown, a replica of the Movie Quiz 
seal, the fact that the picture is of 
the Quiz group and the industry slo- 
gan, "Motion Pictures Are Your 
Best Entertainment." The trailer 
has been designed to save time on 
the average program. 



Rosenbaum Heads GB's 

Branch In Cleveland 



Cleveland — George Rosenbaum 
has been named local GB branch 
manager relieving "Reg" Wilson of 
the duties he took over temporarily. 
Rosenbaum was formerly GB branch 
manager in Buffalo, where he was 
succeeded by Leo Murphy, recent 
Warner Brothers salesman. 



The Missus 9 Threat 

Lincoln, Neb. — Because Bob Living- 
ston, owner and manager of the Capitol 
here, spends so much time at the the- 
ater his wife has threatened to have the 
lobby floored in glass when he died 
and have him "buried" there so he 
could watch the business go by. Liv- 
ingston balked because he was afraid 
business might be bad and he'd turn 
over in his grave. 



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DAILY 



Tuesday, October 4, 1938 



-V .V RCVI6UIS Of TH6 Mill FILfllS ■'< t< 



"That Certain Age" 

with Deanna Durbin, Melvyn Douglas, Jackie 

Cooper 

Universal 95 mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

SHOULD PILE UP HEAVY GROSSES AND 
WIN NEW FOLLOWERS FOR THE STAR. 

This is a highly pleasing offering that 
should pile up heavy grosses at the .na- 
tion's box-offices and new followers for 
Deanna Durbin. The star is delightful and 
makes a step from childhood to adolescence 
as a talented actress-singer. Edward Lud- 
wig's warm, sympathetic direction injects 
many human touches, while his long comedy 
training is an important factor in the 
guidance of its lighter moments. The pic- 
ture has been ideally cast, and Joe Pas- 
ternak, who has produced all of Deanna's 
pictures, rates many bows as producer. 
Melvyn Douglas gives a flawless perform- 
ance as a noted foreign correspondent, who 
unknowingly creates the hero worship in 
Deanna. Jackie Cooper is grand as the 
youngster, who believes Douglas is in love 
with Deanna and will take her from him. 
John Halliday and Irene Rich are a happy 
choice for the roles of Deanna's parents. 
Little Juanita Quigley, as Jackie's sister, 
is a scene-stealer, while Jack Searle, Peggy 
Stewart, Grant Mitchell and Nancy Car- 
roll round out an excellent cast. Bruce 
Manning has turned out a very human 
screenplay based on F. Hugh Herbert's orig- 
inal story. "You're As Pretty as a Pic- 
ture" is the best of the four songs by 
Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson. Jos- 
eph Valentine's photography is high-grade, 
while Jack Otterson's settings are worthy 
of much mention. Douglas comes to the 
country estate of Halliday, his newspaper 
employer, for quiet, to write an interesting 
article on his foreign trip, but his ex- 
periences only awaken Deanna's romantic 
interest in him. She is determined to win 
him and it is not until Nancy Carroll ar- 
rives and gives the impression that she 
is Douglas' wife that Deanna's infatuation 
cools. With her crush cold, Jackie Cooper 
is again the number one "man" in her 
life. 

CAST: Deanna Durbin, Melvyn Douglas, 
Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Nancy Carroll, 
John Halliday, Jack Searle, Juanita Quig- 
ley, Peggy Stewart, Charles Coleman, Grant 
Mitchell. 

CREDITS: A Joe Pasternak Production. 
Director, Edward Ludwig; Author, F. Hugh 
Herbert; Screenplay, Bruce Manning; Cam- 
eraman, Joseph Valentine, ASC; Art Direc- 
tor, Jack Otterson, Associate, John Ewing; 
Editor, Bernard W. Burton; Musical Direc- 
tor, Charles Previn; Music by Jimmy Mc- 
Hugh and Lyrics by Harold Adamson; Vocal 
Supervisor, Charles Henderson; Orchestra- 
tions, Frank Skinner; Sound, Bernard B. 
Brown. 

DIRECTION, Swell. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Fine. 

Tearle Funeral Held 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Funeral services for 
Conway Tearle, 60, stage and screen 
star, were held privately yesterday. 
He is survived by his widow, the 
former Adele Rowland. 



"The Arkansas 
Traveler" 

with Bob Burns, Fay Bainter, John Beal, 

Irvin S. Cobb 
Paramount 83 mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 
VERY GOOD DOWN-TO-EARTH EN- 
TERTAINMENT ON SMALL TOWN LIFE 
SHOULD CLICK BIG AT B.O. 

When Bob Burns hops off the freight 
train to become the printer on the small 
town newspaper that Fay Bainter is op- 
erating, a picture opens that develops into 
some very good down-to-earth entertain- 
ment on small town life. Its humor, drama, 
and interesting characters should make it 
the sort of fare that is well liked, and 
its box-office returns should be gratifying. 
This is especially true among the Bob 
Burns fans for his homely philosophies fit 
into this sort of thing in fine style and 
Bob proves himself a first rate dramatic 
actor in a role that requires plenty of 
ability. This picture should do a lot in 
building up his following. John Beai 
carries a very important assignment and 
turns in a splendid performance in another 
part that demanded a very good actor. 
Fay Bainter, who has achieved a high 
standing as one of the best of character 
actresses, maintains that position with her 
fine work, and Jean Parker makes the 
most of a few emotional scenes to prove 
her value. The cast is not a large one 
but every player has a worthwhile role, all 
of them very well handled. Irvin S. Cobb 
makes the sheriff a most likeable person, 
the heavies, and well played, are Lyle Talbot 
and Porter Hall, and the kid, a grand little 
actor, is Dickie Moore. Jack Cunningham 
authored this very enjoyable story. His 
characters are well drawn and the plot 
development is highly interesting. Viola 
Brothers Shore and George Sessions Perry 
wrote the screenplay which has some well 
worked out situations and very appropriate 
dialogue. Alfred Santell, the director, con- 
veyed the material to the screen for the 
excellent results obtained. His pacing is 
very good, and in a production where char- 
acterizations are all important, his han- 
dling of the players is noteworthy. George 
Arthur produced. When Bob Burns hops 
off the freight train to assist as printer 
on Fay Bainter's paper, because he knew 
of the high standards for which her hus- 
band stood, he quickly manages to lose 
a lot of business for the paper. He also 
gets John Beal to help him on the paper 
and also in the civic trouble which he 
stirs up. Lyle Talbot seems to be mixed 
up in every business in the town and he 
wants the paper to further his interests, 
especially a dam proposition which Beal 
knows will cost the people a lot of money 
with no benefits. Miss Bainter loses the 
paper but in the meantime, Bob has been 
able to build a radio station which de- 
feats Talbot's interests. The John Beal- 
Jean Parker romance blossoms into a wed- 
ding, and Miss Bainter with the help of 
the sheriff persuades Bob that a man is 
necessary around the house and the radio 
station. 

CAST: Bob Burns, Fay Bainter, John 



"South of Arizona" 

with Charles Starrett 
Columbia 55 mins. 

ORIGINAL STORY AND SURPRISE CLI- 
MAX PUTS THIS OVER NICELY AS EX- 
CITING WESTERN. 

The cards are stacked against the hero, 
Charles Starrett, right from the start, and 
all through the footage the outlaw gang 
acting under cover with a fake Ranger and 
a crooked banker in the town seem to have 
the best of it. This forces the hero to 
fight every inch of the way, and keeps the 
audience properly keyed up rooting for the 
time when Starrett can come out on top. 
Because of this story construction favoring 
the bandit crowd, the film gets consider- 
ably away from the routine of the action 
westerns. Starrett is a ranch owner highly 
regarded, until the killing of a ranger sent 
in to run down a rustling crowd is made to 
appear his work. Meanwhile the under- 
cover gang chief posing as a respectable 
banker has had the Ranger bumped off so 
that his killer can pose as the law man 
and keep the rustling racket still operating 
profitably. There is some good romance 
worked in with the arrival of the murdered 
Ranger's sister who plays an active part in 
the proceedings as both sides try to keep 
her in custody. The climax is unusually 
good, with a very original twist worked 
in as the hero gets the ranchers to meet 
in the town hall to take action against the 
rustlers, and then Starrett and his boys 
stand guard outside, and tell all hands 
who are innocent of wrongdoing to come 
on out, and promising to plug any guilty 
man who steps over the doorway. This 
leaves the gang self-exposed, as they 
dare not move outside the door. Good 
harmony by quintette in western songs. 

CAST: Charles Starrett, Iris Meredith, 
Bob Nolan, Dick Curtis, Robert Fiske, Ed- 
ward Cobb, Art Mix. 

CREDITS: Director, Sam Nelson; Author, 
Bennet R. Cohen; Screenplay, same. 

DIRECTION, Very Good. PHOTOGRA- 
PHY, Good. 



Ulsters Resign ITO Posts, 
Taylor, Walker Fill Gaps 

Toronto — At the first meeting of 
the newly-elected directorate of the 
Independent Theaters' Association 
of Ontario, S. Ulster, vice-president, 
and B. Ulster, treasurer, tendered 
their resignations due to press of 
business. N. A. Taylor, vice-presi- 
dent last year, was again named, 
while Thomas Walton was elected 
treasurer. 



Beal, Irvin S. Cobb, Jean Parker, Lyle Tal- 
bot, Dickie Moore, Porter Hall. 

CREDITS: Producer, George M. Arthur; 
Director, Alfred Santell; Author, Jack Cun- 
ningham; Screenplay, Viola Brothers Shore 
and George Sessions Perry; Cameraman, Leo 
Tover; Editor, Paul Weatherwax; Art Di- 
rectors, Hans Dreier and Earl Hendrick; 
Musical Director, Boris Morros. 



DIRECTION, Excellent. 
PHY, Very Good. 



PHOTOGRA- 



"Slander House" 

with Adrianne Ames, Craig Reynolds 
Progressive 65 mins. 

GOOD OLD HOKE FOR THE FAMILY 
TRADE WILL GO GOOD IN THE NA"ES. 



This offering is right down the grfjve 
for the nabe houses, and a pushover for 
the humble family trade. It is not a Class 
"A" by any manner of figuring, but with 
all its amateurishness in story and acting 
it rates a good Class "B" because it treats 
of the things that the rank and file of 
moviegoers in the popular ranks go for — 
socking the upper classes and showing that 
the boy and gal from Tenth Avenoo are 
as good as any on Park Avenue. That is 
its main appeal. The sets are unusually 
good, with most of the action taking place 
in a beauty conditioning plant for the 
ladies of the idle rich class, run by 
Adrianne Ames. She is the girl who started 
over on Tenth Avenue, and she meets a 
young gambler (Craig Reynolds) who came 
from there, too. Meanwhile she has got 
herself engaged to a doctor (George Mee- 
ker), who comes from the society crowd. 
The story and the action are pretty 
crudely thrown together, and the director 
has evidently followed this script closely, 
for the material jumps around episodically 
from slapstick to near-tragedy without 
much coherence. But the human interest 
stuff is there with the society dames in 
the beauty factory tearing the reputation 
of other dames to threads and almost caus- 
ing the suicide of one elderly lady as she 
sits in a compartment and hears the cats 
talk about her husband's infidelity. There 
is some good comedy business thrown in 
without much reference to the plot. 
Adrianne Ames lifts the rather cheap play 
by dignified acting. Craig Reynolds is an 
obnoxious smart aleck, but that's the way 
they wrote the part for him. He wins the 
girl, of course, he being from Tenth Ave- 
nue. The Tenth Avenue type of folk will 
go for it. Intelligent audiences will no 
doubt walk out on it. 

CAST: Adrianne Ames, Craig Reynolds, 
Esther Ralston, George Meeker, Pert Kel- 
ton, William Newell, Dorothy Vaughn, Ed- 
ward Keane, Vivien Oakland, Ruth Gillette. 

CREDITS: Director, Charles Lamont; Au- 
thors, Gertrude Orr, John W. Krafft; 
Screenplay, same; Cameraman, M. A. An- 
dersen. 

DIRECTION, Weak. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Okay. 



Providence Film Theaters 
Recover from Storm, Flood 



Providence — Houses here that were 
hit by the recent hurricane reopened 
over the week-end after being closed 
10 days. Following recession of 
flood waters, theaters were cleaned 
up, but no power was available until 
Saturday. 



Boston — The Orpheum Theater 
in Somerville, operated by W. M. 
Peterson, will reopen within six 
weeks. Extensive repairs have been 
made necessary by the hurricane. 



Tuesday, October 4, 1938 



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GRAHAM, PARAMOUNT REVIEWS Of REW flLfflS 

BRITISH HEAD QUITS 



{Continued from Payc 1) 

aging director in England. "Since 
joining the early Paramount or- 
£■;. Ration in 1917," Balahan said. 
"he - nas been a dominant factor in 
our foreign department." 

Graham joined the staff of the 
late E. E. Shauer in 1917 as a spe- 
cial representative and made a num- 
ber of important South American 
surveys before being appointed to 
his post in London in 1919. 



Kent Trade Practice Group 
Waiting for Counsel Report 

{Continued from Page 1) 

tant U. S. Attorney General, Sidney 
R. Kent, 20th-Fox prexy and com- 
mittee chairman, told The Film 
Daily yesterday. 

Attorneys representing the majors 
were reported to have held another 
session yesterday, but there was no 
statement forthcoming. 

Kent, accompanied by his wife, 
arrived in New York yesterday 
morning on the Century after a 
visit to the Coast studios of the 
company. 

He reported that with the Europ- 
ean situation eased, 20th-Fox execs, 
were looking forward to a fine year. 
The English production schedule has 
been maintained despite the recent 
war scare, he said. It is possible 
that he will go to Europe next month 
to meet Walter J. Hutchinson, direc- 
tor of foreign distribution for 20th- 
Fox, who will have completed his 
South African survey tour by that 
time. 

No additional pictures are sched- 
uled to be added to the present pro- 
gram, and about half of next sea- 
son's lineup has been completed, 
Kent said. He reported that "Suez" 
would probably have the most inten- 
sive newspaper campaign the com- 
pany has ever given one picture. 

Charles E. McCarthy, director of 
advertising and publicity, who 
accompanied Kent to the Coast, re- 
turned to New York Saturday after 
looking over the new product lineup. 



STO 



Pittsburgh — Paul Reith, booker for 
the local RKO exchange, is the 
father of an 8% -pound boy. 



Pittsburgh — Mr. and Mrs. Joseph 
Spreng are the parents of a 7-pound 
girl. Mrs. Spreng formerly worked 
on Film Row, and is a sister of 
Francis Guehl, booker for the Uni- 
versal exchange here. Loretta Guehl 
of 20th Century-Fox and Cecila 
Guehl of Gaumont British. 



* SHORTS * 



"The Men on the Rock" 

(Historical Mystery) 

M-G-M 11 mins. 

Highly Interesting 

A highly interesting subject, pos- 
ing the question as to whether Na- 
poleon really died on St. Helena, or 
whether it was a double. To bolster 
up this bizarre proposition, evidence 
is submitted of an obscure French 
farmer who bore a remarkable re- 
semblance to the Little Corporal, 
and who was substituted on the is- 
land with the help of a friendly 
physician. Various incidents and 
documents are submitted to bolster 
up this idea, finishing with supposed 
death of the real Napoleon as he, 
escaped from St. Helena, journeys 
to the Austrian castle, where his son 
is held, and is shot by a sentry as 
he tries to climb the wall. Pretty 
far-fetched, but very dramatically 
and colorfully presented by Carey 
Wilson. 



"Fishermen's Paradise" 

(Sportscope) 

RKO Radio 9 mins. 

Fine Sport Reel 

Some great fishing sport off the 
Bahamas, with a boat going out 
after blue marlin. The excitement 
attendant upon the landing of sev- 
eral of these monster fish that fight 
and leap high out of the water as 
the big pole bends double will give 
any lover of sport a great thrill. 
One big marlin succeeds in getting 
away after putting up a terrific 
fight. One of the best fishing reels 
ever filmed. Supervised by Fred- 
eric Ullman, Jr. Produced by Frank 
Donovan for Pathe. 



"Mildewed Melodramas" 

(Paragraphic) 

Paramount 11 mins. 

Old Time Thrills 

Presentation of scenes from three 
old mellers, "Nellie the Beautiful 
Typist," "The Eagle's Prey," "The 
Power of the Eye." These are re- 
edited in order to get the laughs, 
and serve to show how the screen 
technique has changed from the 
early days. Good effort. 



Avoid Foreign Political 

Themes for Pix — Ruggles 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

vacation in Europe. Ruggles ex- 
pressed the belief that motion pic- 
tures should be made strictly for en- 
tertainment and that stories with any 
hint of propaganda are bound to of- 
fend one side or the other of a politi- 
cal issue. There is no need, he said, 
in aggravating any portion of the 
public. 

Ruggles will leave for the Coast 
in about a week to start work on a 
picture co-starring Irene Dunne and 
Fred MacMurray. The picture also 
will feature his brother, Charles 
Ruggles and will be the first time 
that he has directed his brother. 

While in Europe, Ruggles visited 
most of the larger studios in the ma- 
jor countries. He expressed the be- 
lief that France has made the great- 
est progress in production among 
all the European countries. Italy, he 
said, has excellent facilities for 
turning out top-notch pictures but 
so far has not utilized them. 



Hammons Off Oct. 12 to Set 
United Kingdom Pact Deal 

{Continued from Page 1) 

expected to continue in the same 
capacity. 

Edward L. Alperson, general sales 
manager, arrives in New York today 
from Chicago where he conducted a 
meeting of Western branch man- 
agers over the week-end. A sim- 
ilar meeting for the Eastern man- 
agers will be held in New York 
Saturday and Sunday. 

It was learned yesterday that 
four of the announced pictures for 
the 1938-39 season will be produced 
in the East. This means that the 
remaining 40 will be made in Hol- 
lywood. All the shorts are sched- 
uled for Eastern production. 



Tri-National Films, Inc., New 
Name for Otterson Firm 



Levee Denies There is War 
Between Agents and Actors 

{Continued from Page 1) 

by the Guild to confer on plans 
will work harmoniously. 

He says there are no real difficul- 
ties between the agents and the 
Guild and that the actors are not 
interested in destroying the agents. 



Peter Tender Dead 

Elyria, 0. — Peter Tender, 50, 
partner of John Pekras in the oper- 
ation of theaters here and in Lorain, 
died Saturday of a heart attack. 



{Continued from Page 1) 

of which John E. Otterson, is the 
president. 

The company's first English pro- 
duction, "Peg of Old Drury," star- 
ring Sir Cedrie Hardwicke and Anna 
Neagle, opens at the Plaza Theater, 
New York, on Oct. 11. Picture was 
produced by Herbert Wilcox. 



"Garden," "Daughters" Big 

Warners' "Garden of the Moon" is 
doing exceptional biz in key city pre- 
release engagements heard from to 
date, WB home office said yesterday. 
Situations include Stanley Theater, 
Pittsburgh, and the Palace, Cleve- 
land. Company's "Four Daughters" 
has exceeded the business of "Green 
Light," the company's high grosser 
for last season, in 14 first-runs. 



SELZNICK TO MAKE 7; 
RELEASE PACT WAITS 



{Continued from Page 1) 

mitments are "The Young in Heart" 
and "Made for Each Other," both 
for UA, and "Gone With the Wind," 
for Metro. Other four planned are 
"Titanic," "Rebecca," "The Married 
Life of Helen and Warren" and 
"Second Meeting." 

While it is anticipated that S-I 
eventually will renew with UA, it 
was reported yesterday that Selz- 
nick may make no deal until "Gone 
With the Wind" is finished or at 
least well under way. At least, there 
will be nothing in the S-I direction 
for consideration of the UA direc- 
torate at its New York meeting this 
week. 



Small Ontario Theaters 

May Escape Admish Levy 

Toronto — Smaller theaters charg- 
ing 25 cents or less admission will 
receive special consideration from 
the provincial government when 
legislation for the re-enactment of 
an amusement tax is introduced, ac- 
cording to Premier Mitchell Hep- 
burn. 

In some quarters, it is felt that 
such theaters will be granted tax 
exemption. Hepburn declares that 
a survey establishes their operators 
generally kept faith by passing 
along the benefits of the 1937 tax 
elimination to their patrons while 
owners of larger houses broke faith. 

When the provincial levy was 
lifted in June, 1937, Hepburn speci- 
fically reauested the public be given 
the benefits. 



Cobb Funeral Held 

Harrisburg, Pa. — Funeral ser- 
vices for Arthur Lyman Cobb, 62, 
former stage manager at the old 
Majestic Theater and at the State 
Theater, were held yesterday. Cobb 
had been associated with amusement 
enterprises in New York, Boston 
and San Francisco. 



WEDDING BELLS 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Ronald Colman, 
English actor, and Benita Hume, 
English actress, were married at 
Santa Barbara. 



Quebec — Marriage of Margot 
Grahame, English actress, and Al- 
len McMartin, Canadian mine opera- 
tor, was disclosed here. 



Lincoln, Neb. — Klara Hanneman, 
booker for the Lincoln Theaters 
Corp. here, was married to Bert 
Cook, manager of Huber Mfg. Co. 
plant here. 



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$58,000,000 RKO 
PHYSICAL VALUATION 



(Continued from Page 1) 

committee, continued his attack on 
the evaluated assets of RKO and 
declared that these had been ar- 
rived at via a trio of formulae con- 
sisting of reproduction cost and 
management opinion as the first 
two, and a combination as the third 
formula used. 

He said that the equity of $7,- 
000,000 provided for stockholders 
was inadequate and should actually 
be $13,000,000, and further that the 
physical equipment as of Dec. 31, 
1931, ought to be raised from $41,- 
000,000 to $58,000,000 which, he 
pointed out, represents a true pres- 
ent worth. 

Cohen cited the fact that 900 
films had been evaluated at one dol- 
lar each, whereas some 42 of these 
had subsequently and collectively re- 
turned a total of $1,000,000, — a 
point which Hamilton C. Rickaby, 
counsel for Atlas Corp., took issue 
with later in the day. 

Methods of writing down theater 
valuations also came under Cohen's 
criticism. Examples were given in 
the instances of the Franklin The- 
ater, New York; Proctor's, Mt. Ver- 
non, and the Lexington Ave. The- 
ater. He also argued adjustment 
of debenture awards, declared that 
the Gold Notes should have been 
paid off, and advocated that stock- 
holders should have prior rights in 
acquiring the new common stock. 

Responding to the question of 
Judge William Bondy, Cohen de- 
clared that debenture holders should 
receive three and a half shares for 
interest money. He called atten- 
tion also to the Rockefeller claim 
which had been at 460,000 shares 
under the old plan and is now raised 
to 500,000. He told the court also 
that a fund should be set up for 
redemption of scrip and a date fixed 
as a basis. 

John A. Stover, counsel for the 
Stirn interests of Milwaukee, bit- 
terly assailed the part of Atlas in 
the reorganization, characterizing 
the company as a "professional or- 
ganizer." He and Associate Coun- 
sel Griswold declared that Ernest 
Stirn is ill of pneumonia in St. 
Luke's Hospital, New York, and that 
when the latter recovers will per- 
sonally present his findings with re- 
spect to the proxies dating back to 
the 1931 vote, which Griswold stat- 
ed, in Mr. Stirn's belief, to be fraud, 
ulent in some instances. Judge 



43 Pix In Work; 20th-Fox>s IVttte Leads 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood— Forty-three pictures are in production with 20th Century-Fox leading 
with nine; Warner Bros, and RKO are making five each; Paramount and M-G-M, four 
each; Columbia is making three, and Universal and Monogram, two each. Wanger, 
Selznick, Coldwyn, Roach, Small, Republic, Sherman, Colonial and Standard are down 
for one each. 



Believe It Or Noi 

Scowling counsel in the RKO reorg. 
hearing got a climactic laugh to the 
heated allegations which were hurled 
yesterday. As the p.m. session wound 
up, Judge Bondy set Oct. 25 as the 
next hearing date. A counsel asked in 
stentorian tones: "In what room?" Bondy 
could not restrain a smile as he re- 
torted: "This time, down in the Crim- 
inal Court Room!" — and there 'twill be. 



Supreme Court Will Select 
Cases to be Heard Monday 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Berliner are attorneys for General 
Talking Pictures. 

The Hiram Steelman-William Fox 
case is still on the docket but has 
been passed over by the court until 
pending negotiations are settled. 

Texas Consolidated Theaters, Inc., 
vs. S. H. Pittman has been set for 
hearing on Oct. 18. This case in- 
volves a judgment Pittsman re- 
ceived from Texas Consolidated as a 
result of an accident. 

Other film cases on the docket, 
which the Court may elect to hear 
are the Douglas Fairbanks, vs. 
United States tax case; the Perel- 
man case against the majors charg- 
ing violation of the Clayton Act 
with respect to duals; the Dallas 
anti-trust case, which was sent back 
last term for a lower court finding 
of fact; and the William S. Hart Co. 
vs. United Artists case, involving a 
contract between the parties on di- 
vision of receipts on certain films 
produced under the contract. 

The appeal of Ascap from the 
law of the State of Washington out- 
lawing the organization from that 
state be held filed with statements 
as to judisdiction by both parties. 

The North Dakota divorcement 
case has not as yet been filed with 
the high court. 



Bondy refused to listen to Gris- 
wold's representations on the 
grounds that he was not qualified 
nor prepared to state facts. 

In the afternoon session Stover 
attacked the relationship between 
Atlas Corp., Leo Spitz and Merlin 
H. Aylesworth, but Hamilton C. 
Rickaby militantly retorted to Stov- 
er's assertions by reading from the 
record. 

When asked by Judge Bondy 
whether or not the reported nego- 
tiations for the acquisition of cer- 
tain RCA stock in RKO by Atlas 
had been consummated, Rickaby 
said that to the best of his knowl- 
edge the arrangement has expired 
with some of the option not satis- 
fied. 

Just before adjournment, Rickaby 
launched a general refutation of op- 
posing counsels' allegations, which 
was followed by several interests 
coming to his support by declaring 
their view that the plan should be 
confirmed. 

Rickaby met opposition conten- 
tions that the Delaware incorpora- 
tion of the proposed new company 
was a matter of proponent con- 
venience, by reading restrictive 
clauses in the new certificate. 

Bondy adjourned the hearing until 
Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room 110, Fed- 
eral Court, at 2.30 o'clock. 



Drive's "Musical Week" 

Will Start on Oct. 31 



(Continued from Page 1) 

sic publishers and dealers, ork lead- 
ers and musical artists will join in, 
and dance bands will feature music 
popularized by films, new and old. 

Co-operating committee includes 
Irving Berlin, Ben Bernie, Gene 
Buck, Henry Busse, Ted Lewis, Abe 
Lyman, George Olsen, Will Osborne, 
Irving Caesar, George M. Cohan, 
Duke Ellington, Ferde Grofe, Horace 
Heidt, Richard Himber, Andre Kos- 
telanetz, Gene Krupa, Leo Reisman, 
Sigmund Romberg, Gustave Schir- 
mer, Phil Spitalny, Deems Taylor, 
Rudy Vallee, Fred Waring, Paul 
Whiteman, Victor Young, Meyer 
Davis, Henry Spitzer, Louis Bern- 
stein, J. J. Bregman, Bob Crosby, 
Lou Diamond, Max Dreyfus, Leo 
Forbstein, Kay Kyser Jack Milt, 
Eddie Le Baron, Edward B. Marks, 
Jack Mills, Edwin H. Morris, J. J. 
O'Connor, Jack Robbins, A. Schwartz 
and Louis Silvers. 

Ascap is sending a tie-in pictorial 
layout, in mat form, to 3,000 news- 
papers, it is announced. A theme 
song dedicated to Motion Pictures' 
Greatest Year will be published. 
This song will be made up into a 
trailer, employing the Max Fleischer 
"bouncing ball" device, for distribu- 
tion to the .theaters in the movie 
drive. 

Oct. 10 has been set as the dead- 
line for submission of sketches and 
designs from leading Coast stylists 
for the all-industry fashion show, 
sponsored by the campaign commit- 
tee. 

John H. Harris of the Harris 
Amusement Co., Pittsburgh, will de- 
liver a talk on "First Facts in the 
Movies" in connection with Motion 
Pictures' Greatest Year, over Sta- 
tion WOR and the Mutual Broad- 
casting System on Oct. 17. 



$7,415,461 REDUCTION 
IN RKO INDEBTEDNESS 



La. Tax Commission Action 
on Majors' Appeal Waits 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the major film companies in this 
territory over a tremendous increase 
in merchandise taxes ordered by the 
parish (county) assessor, The Film 
Daily learns from a reliable source. 
The assessor boosted taxes ar- 
bitrarily from around $4,500 a year 
on the larger exchanges to $50,000 
and managed to give Film Row a 
rather wry laugh at his lack of 
partiality — he soaked the small in- 
dies who don't do $50,000 gross bus- 
iness in a year, the same amounts as 
the majors. 



Fixed indebtedness of RKO and 
its subsidiaries has been reduced 
$7,415,461.56 during the four-year 
period the corporation has b/"\ Hn 
trusteeship and undergoing Teor- 
ganization, it is revealed in the lat- 
est report of the Irving Trust Co., 
submitted last week to the U. S. 
District Court. 

Discussing the earnings of theater 
operating companies for the first 
half of the year, report points out 
that although there was a slight 
gain in average admission price, ag- 
gregate admissions declined. Report 
then goes on to say: 

"On the other hand, total operat- 
ing expenses increased, although 
reductions occurred in certain clas- 
sifications. The principal increases 
were in film rentals and salaries, 
which latter increase was due main- 
ly to the revisions of union con- 
tracts and additional compensation 
for service employes effected in 
1937. Decreases in expense occur- 
red principally in the cost of vaude- 
ville, advertising and maintenance. 

"The drop in vaudeville cost re- 
sulted from several factors, of 
which discontinuance of vaudeville 
for the Summer at an earlier date 
than in prior years was the most 
important. A careful control of ad- 
vertising commitments during re- 
cent years resulted in a substantial 
saving in such expense during the 
period under review. Deferment of 
the less urgent maintenance pro- 
grams until improved business con- 
ditions warrant higher expenditures 
accounted for the decreased cost in 
this connection." 

With reference to the showing of 
producing and distributing compa- 
nies, the report says: 

"During the first half of 1938, 
the combined gross receipts of the 
picture producing and distributing 
companies of the debtor increased 
substantially over the receipts for 
the same period of 1937, with only 
a small rise in distribution expense. 
However, a larger proportion of the 
receipts was accounted for by the 
distribution of films made by out- 
side producers, and the payments to 
such outside producers to cover 
their share of film earnings more 
than doubled. Amortization of neg- 
ative costs also showed a substan- 
tial rise, due to an increase in the 
number of high cost RKO pictures 
being distributed, and to higher pro- 
duction costs generally." 



Just Show Biz 

The old bewhiskered gag in theater- 
dom re there being more actors than 
folks in the audience came to pass at 
the RKO hearings yesterday. Counsel 
clearly outnumbered spectators. Said 
an attorney to one on the opposing side: 
"We gotta pretty poor house today." 
Replied attorney number two, pointing 
to the mass of briefs and other legal 
ammunition: "Yeah, and what's worse, 
the house is heavily papered!" 



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TEN CENTS 



Wear Mark Ostrer May Come for Schenck Conferences 

MPTOA MAPS 14QUESTI0NSF0R CONVENTION STUDY 

Denial of Films' True Art Draws Fire of Will Hays 



M PPDA Prexy Answers Critics, 

Sees "Slander on 

Democracy" 

Will H. Hays, MPPDA prexy, 
peaking yesterday at the dedication 
)f a tablet marking the site of the 
irst theatrical showing of motion 
oictures, at Koster & Bials' Music 
Hall, 34th and Broadway, in 1896, 
;ook occasion to answer "those crit- 
ics who refuse to find true art ele- 
ments in this newest and greatest 



(For color story of yesterday' s tablet 
dedication, turn to "Along the Rialto" 
on Page 3.) 



pf all arts because of the very fact 
that it is universal in its appeal and 
truly democratic in its service." 
"There are still those few who 
(Continued on Page 3) 

FRIEDGEN AND GERING 

TO MAKE PIX IN EAST 



A new Eastern production com- 
pany is being launched by Raymond 
Friedgen, producer, and Marion 
Gering, director, who have two fea- 
tures in preparation. Pictures will 
be made either at Eastern Service 
Studios or at the Biograph plant, 
(Continued on Page 4) 

SAG's New By-Laws Will 

Eliminate Junior Guild 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — New by-laws of the 
Screen Actors Guild would eliminate 
the Junior Guild, it was learned yes- 
terday when drafts were mailed to 
members. 

By-laws would substitute a class B 
(Continued on Page 3) 



Mystery! Business Slumps 
Monday for No Good Reason 

Circuit operators yesterday were 
puzzled over a one-day slump in 
business on Monday. Grosses were 
below normal all over the country 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Early Resumption of CEA-KRS Talks Seen 

London (By Cable) — W. R. Fuller of the CEA indicates that there will likely be 
an early resumption of joint talks between the CEA and the KRS on film trade prob- 
lems. Among the most important subjects to be considered are: Overseating, barring 
of pictures (clearance), rentals for small theaters and television. Exhibitors and dis- 
tributors are much concerned over BBC's recent television broadcasts of films. 



Brighter U. S. Prospects in Japan; 
Solution of Impasse Seen as Near 



Tokyo (By Cable)— As the result 
of recent progress made in the ne- 
gotiations between U. S. film inter- 
ests and the Japanese Government, 
a definitely more favorable status 
is expected to be attained by Amer- 
ican product in this market within 
the not distant future, it is declared 
here by sources close to represen- 
tatives of major companies. 



Government officials here are de- 
scribed as giving ever-increasing 
co-operation toward the solution of 
the impasse which has existed for 
many months and which has to date 
prevented the importation of U. S. 
pictures except on a widely curtailed 
scale. 

The problem of both importation 

(Continued on Page 3) 



Schenck, Zanuck, Goetz Pare 20th-Fox Holdings 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Joseph M. Schenck, 
20th-Fox board chairman, disposed 
of 10,400 shares of the company's 
common in August, while Darryl F. 
Zanuck, production chief, and Wil- 
liam Goetz, vice-prexy, each reduced 
their holdings by 10,000 shares the 
same month, according to the latest 
SEC report made public yesterday. 



Schenck, the SEC records dis- 
closed, on Aug. 30 held 119,443 
shares of common; he has disposed 
of 49,200 shares in the June, July, 
August quarter. Schenck held 23,- 
284 shares of preferred on Aug. 30. 

Goetz at the end of August held 
194,643 shares of common, 55,284 of 
preferred. Zanuck's holdings on 

(Continued on Page 3) 



London Reports Mark Ostrer Planning 
Early Visit to U. S. for Schenck Talks 



Gary Suit Charges Outside 
Trust Law Scope, Says Para. 



In a separate answer to anti-trust 
charges brought by the Gary Thea- 
ter Co., Gary, Ind., against B & K, 
Warner Bros, theaters and major 
distributors, Paramount denies that 
the "subject matter of this action 
is in any way within or affected by 
the provisions of any" of the so- 
(Continued on Page 4) 



London (By Cable) — Possibility 
that conferences between Mark 
Ostrer, Gaumont British president, 
and Joseph M. Schenck, 20th-Fox 
board chairman, may be renewed in 
New York in the near future ap- 
peared likely when it was learned 
yesterday that Ostrer is contemplat- 
ing an early trip to the United 
States. 

Following Schenck's visit to Eng- 
land a short time ago, it became 
(Continued on Page 5) 



All Problems Facing Exhibs 

to Be Considered At O. C. 

Meeting This Month 

A tentative list of 14 important 
questions for discussion and study 
at the annual MPTOA convention in 
Oklahoma City late this month has 
been prepared by the organization's 
headquarters in New York, accord- 
ing to a general bulletin issued yes- 
terday. These questions concern all 
problems now facing the indepen- 
dent exhibitors and touch upon self- 
regulation, taxes, trade practices 
and legislation. 

However, the bulletin points out 
that important difficulties and prob- 
lems are never solved and disposed 
of at any exhibitor convention, but 
it adds that constructive progress is 

(Continued on Page 5) 

rodgersWattend 
mich. allied meet 



Grand Rapids — William F. Rod- 
gers, Metro's sales chief, has ac- 
cepted an invitation to attend the 
annual convention of Allied Thea- 
ters of Michigan, opening at the 
Morton Hotel here on Oct. 10, the 

(Continued on Page 4) 



GB's Publicity-Ad Plan 

to Be Launched Shortly 

Plans for the Gaumont British 
nation-wide advertising and publi- 
city campaign on six feature pic- 
tures will be ready in about three 
weeks, it was learned yesterday. 
Selection of the four cities the cam- 
paign contest will be held in will 

(Continued on Page 3) 



Nakken Patents Corp. Sues 
Erpi; Claims Infringement 

Nakken Patents Corp. yesterday 
filed suit, based on a patent in- 
fringement claim, against Erpi and 
WE in U. S. District Court here. 
Plaintiff contends that Theodorus H. 

(Continued on Page 3) 



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Sonotone Corp 

Technicolor 22 21 % 22 + V4 

Trans-Lux 

Universal Picts 



N. Y. OVER-THE-COUNTER STOCK MARKET 

Bid Asked 

Pathe Film 7 pfd 98 101 

Fox Thea. Bldg. 6yis 1st '36 

Loew's Thea. Bldg. 6s 1st '47 

Met. Playhouse, Inc. 5s '43 

Roxy Thea. Bldg. 6 Vis 1st '43 




Specialists for 2 J years in the storage of 
valuable film. 



LLOYDS FILM STORAGE CORR 

729 SfVfn/TW AVf.N.YC , BRyant 9-5600 



New GN Home Office Set 

for Rockefeller Center 



E. W. Hammons, president of 
Grand National Pictures, yesterday 
signed a long-term lease for an en- 
tire floor in the new Associated 
Press Bldg. in Rockefeller Center, 
where the company will maintain its 
home office. The new quarters will 
be occupied starting Nov. 15. 

The Grand National, New York 
exchange will continue to operate 
at 730 Ninth Ave., Educational will 
remain in the Paramount Bldg. until 
mirl-November. 

Meanwhile, Grand National is 
preparing to hold its second sales 
meeting in New York this week-end 
for its Eastern managers. Edward 
L. Alperson, due yesterday from 
Chicago, is scheduled to arrive to- 
day. 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Sacramento, Cal. — Grand National 
has received a permit from the state 
corporation commissioner to issue 
454,354 shares of common stock at 
$1 each and 30,000 shares of pre- 
ferred at $10 each. 



Para, to Spend $100,000 

on "Wings" Ad Campaign 

Para, will back its exploitation 
and publicity campaign for "Men 
With Wings" with a $100,000 ad 
appropriation in key city dailies 
and magazines, it was said yester- 
day bv Robert M. Gillham, company's 
ad-publicity chief. Pix starts Oct. 
28 in 21 keys: Albany, Atlanta, Bal- 
timore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, 
Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los An- 
geles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, 
Nashville, New York, Pittsburgh, 
Portland, Ore., San Antonio, San 
Francisco, Seattle, Syracuse and 
Washington. 

From the company's studios Cliff 
Lewis and Jack Dailey will be in 
charge of the Coast and Western 
engagements while from New York 
Robert M. Gillham assisted bv Alec 
Moss, Hal Danson and Karl Kruger 
will handle many of the important 
Eastern engagements. 



U. A. Board Meeting Friday 
To Be Attended by Proxies 

Friday's meeting of United 
Artists' board of directors is ex 
pected to be attended largely by 
proxies. Samuel Goldwvn, who was 
reported to be coming East for the 
meeting, will not leave the Coast, it 
was said yesterday. Foreign situa- 
tion probably will be the principal 
topic for discussion, although there 
have been rumors that more im- 
portant business of a domestic na- 
ture was on the docket. 

Expected at the meeting are 
Emanuel "Silverstone, representing 
Alexander Korda; Dennis O'Brien, 
for Mary Pickford; James Mulvey, 
for Samuel Goldwyn; Charles 
Schwartz, for Charles Chaplin; 
Douglas Fairbanks, or his attorney, 
Edward C. Raftery, and Maurice 
Silverstone, general manager. 



Drive's Exhib. Contest 

Will be Open to Groups 

The $2,100 contest for exhibs. in 
the Motion Pictures' Greatest Year 
industry drive will be open alike to 
individuals and groups of exhibitors 
or to promotional committees estab- 
lished in various cities in connec- 
tion with the drive, members of the 
recently established Contest Bureau 
agreed at their meeting yesterday. 

Judges will take into considera- 
tion the limited facilities of an in- 
dividual manager as compared with 
a group so that every theater man- 
ager, and publicity man who enters 
the contest will have a fair chance 
of winning, it was stated. 

The Bureau has in preparation an 
entry blank which will be distribu- 
ted through the various exchanges. 
Campaigns will be judged on the 
basis of originality as well as _ on 
proper use of campaign materials 
and accessories suggested in the 
press book. 



Jurisdiction Warning Sent 
20,000 Affiliates of AAAA 

Moving to further solidify the po- 
sition of the AAAA, Frank Gill- 
more, president, yesterday dis- 
patched letters to all affiliated 
branches in which he advised: 

"Any member of any branch of 
the AAAA who accepts an engage- 
ment in the jurisdiction of any sis- 
ter branch must immediately upon 
accepting his or her engagement 
make application for membership in 
the branch to which he or she is 
transferring." 

Failure to do so will result in 
discipline, Gillmore warned. 

Approximately 20,000 players are 
affected. 



Balaban, Griffis Go West 
Next Week for Studio Look 



Barney Balaban, Paramount pres- 
ident, and Stanton Griffis, chairman 
of the executive committee, will 
leave for the Coast next week for 
their annual studio checkup. Trip 
was to have been made last week 
but was deferred because of the 
European situation. 

Griffis said yesterday he could 
not say who would fill the post of 
managing director in England as a 
successor to John Cecil Graham, 
whose resignation was announced 
yesterday. Appointment is expect- 
ed within the next few weeks. 



Mich. Co-op Board Meets 

Again Friday on Reorg. 

Detroit — Directors of Co-operative 
Theaters of Michigan will meet Fri- 
day to take further reorganization 
action. 

Sam Barrett, former booker, be- 
comes a new assistant to Carl Buer- 
mele, general manager. 

"Room Service" Sets Third 

RKO "Room Service" has been 
held for a third week at the Rivoli. 



cominG mid dome 



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E. L. ALPERSON, general sales manager for 
Crand National Pictures, arrives in New York 
from Chicago today. 

MACK LITTMAN, American representative of 
Herbert Wilcox, is scheduled to leave New 
York tomorrow for a two-week trip to j^-.^tn 
exchanges. V 

J. H. HOFFBERG plans to leave for a nation- 
wide tour this week-end. 

JOHN B. NATHAN, Paramount's general man- 
ager in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, ar- 
rives in Hollywood today from New York. 

MORRIS STOLOFF, head of Columbia's music 
department, leaves Hollywood shortly for a 
Honolulu vacation. 

MR. and MRS. DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS are 
staying at the Waldorf. 

JUNE LANG is also stopping at the Waldorf. 

RAY WHITLEY, cowboy actor, has arrived in 
New York from the Coast to take part in the 
annual rodeo. 

JACQUES DEVAL is stopping at the Savoy 
Plaza. 

RALPH WHITEHEAD of the A F of A is in 
Houston for the A F of L convention. 

BENIAMINO CIGLI, opera star, is due at 
the Coast late this month for role in Goldwyn 
picture starring Jascha Heifetz. 

DOANE HARRISON, Paramount film editor, 
is in Montana for a month's vacation. 

MRS. MARK OSTRER has arrived in New York, 
and Mark Ostrer may join her here shortly. 

ALICIA ADAMS, 6-year-old Boston girl, signed 
by Crand National for the six Hedley Family 
pictures, reported at the studio this week. 

ERNEST SCHWARTZ, president of Agfa- 
Ansco, is due back in Hollywood shortly from 
New York. 



Chi. Allied Trust Case Oct. 13 

Chicago — Suit for a temporary 
injunction filed by Illinois Allied's 
Attorneys, Rosenberr, Stein & Ros- 
enberg before Judge Wilkerson has 
been postponed until Oct. 13. 




The continued activity 
and increased interest 
and appreciation of 
English Production 
prompts this paper to 
incorporate in the 1939 
Film Year Book a com- 
plete English Section 
which will be of un- 
usual and vital interest 
to the industry here 
and abroad. 

THE FILM YEAR BOOK 

1501 Broadway New York City 

The 1939 edition now in preparation 



Wednesday, October 5, 1938 



ire 



DAILY 



JFILMS "ART" DENIAL 
DRAWS HAYS' FIRE 



(Continued from Page 1) 

speak loftily of 'the lowest common 
denominator' as a contemptuous ref- 
erer^.e to movie audience intelli- 
ge3|y," continued Hays. "Such crit- 
icism is a libel of the public, a slan- 
der on democracy. 

"Those who thus indulge them- 
selves indict not the movies but the 
public, forgetting that in this coun- 
try alone the average weekly at- 
tendance is 85,000,000. I hold no 
such despised opinion of the Amer- 
ican people, whose servant the in- 
dustry is." 

Pointing out that "a grateful in- 
dustry will celebrate its Golden Jubi- 
lee Anniversary" next year, Hays 
expressed the conviction that its de- 
velopment "could have occurred only 
in the atmosphere of free America." 
"The screen," he later commented, 
"must reflect the times in which it 
exists ... The continued evolution of 
the screen to higher forms of en- 
tertainment may be one of the 
strongest fortifications of our own 
civilization. In these things lie the 
chief significance and greatest soc- 
ial service of motion pictures. 




Nakken Patents Corp. Sues 
Erpi; Claims Infringement 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Nakken was owner prior to Nov. 
1920 of improvements in a means of 
transforming light impulses into 
electric-current impulses, and thai 
infringement of this has been com- 
mitted by Erpi via latter making 
and marketing photo-cell amplifier 
equipment. 

An injunction is sought from the 
court by Nakken Patents Corp., to- 
gether with damages and an ac- 
counting of profits. 



Ivan Simpson Near Death 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Ivan Simpson, char- 
acter actor, was reported to be in a 
serious condition last night after he 
was found near death from carbon 
monoxide poisoning. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 5 

David L. Loew 

Arthur M. Loew 

Kathryn Crawford 

George Irving 

Louise Dresser 

James Bradbury, Jr. 



T T T 

• • • SENTIMENT plays no part in an exhibitor's life 

therefore none of the vast army of theater men who make their liveli- 
hood through box-offices located in the metropolitan territory, were on 
hand yesterday morn to witness a ceremony commemorating the FIRST 

box-office ever put in operation anywhere that of the old Koster 

& Bial Music Hall on the present site of Macy's department store on 
Thirty-fourth Street where the first commercial showing of mo- 
tion pictures was held 43 years ago but its significance was not 

lost, for the newspaper writers and photographers were there 

and the event was caught in word and picture and made a part of the 
history of the indusrty 

T T T 

• • • CEREMONIES started at 9:45, on a little platform built 
on the sidewalk alongside the Thirty-fourth St. side of the depart- 
ment store the speakers were Will Hays, and Paul Hol- 

lister and Jack L. Strauss of R. H. Macy & Co Hollister 

touched on the old Music Hall which had its main entrance a few 

feet from the executive entrance of the store Will Hays 

highlighted the progress of the industry down to the present 



• • • AT THE conclusion of the ceremonies Mrs. John E. 

Sloan, daughter of Thomas A. Edison, who invented the Kinetoscope 
which made possible the first public showing of short silent scenics at 

Koster & Bial's drew the cords of the American flag and a Motion 

Pictures' Greatest Year banner, revealing the bronze plaque on the 
wall of the building, which reads "Here the Motion Picture Be- 
gan. At this site on the night of April 23, 1896 at Koster & Bial's 
Music Hall, Thomas A. Edison's motion pictures were projected." 

T T ▼ 

• • • THE SIMPLE words of Thomas Edison's daughter as 
she dedicated the plaque formed a fitting close to a significant 

event she said "My father had a high ideal for motion 

pictures. He felt that people might be educated through their 
eyes, that those who stay at home might travel to far places, and 
gain in human understanding; that through his work romance 
and laughter and the lessons which the theater can teach might 
be brought within the reach of everyone. May the next fifty years 
see the motion picture steadily advancing toward the ideal he 
had of it." 

T T T 

• • • ON THE platform at the ceremonies were J. E. Brula- 

tour, who started as the agent for Lumiere Film in this country, was 
treasurer of the National Association of the Motion Picture Industry, 

1916-1921 Frank J. Marion, president of Kalem Co., 1905 

Percy Waters, president of Motion Picture Patents Co., 1908 

Frederick H. Elliott, executive secretary of the National Association of 

the M. P. Industry, 1916 Will Hays, Paul Hollister, Jack L. Strauss, 

Kenneth Clark, Paul Gulick, Hal Roach, Mrs. John Sloan 



• • • IT MAY interest some of you folks to know that Mar- 
tin Beck was a waiter at the old Koster & Bial's and Percy 

Waters, president of the old Patents Company, ran the machine 

on which this first moving picture show was projected so 

that ought to give him honorary life membership in the union. 



BRIGHTER OUTLOOK FOR 
U. S, PIX IN JAPAN 



« « « 



» » » 



(Cnnt : n'i»d from P-qe 1) 

°nd tb° availamTtv rf funds derived 
from distribution is said to be near- 
ing a more satisfactory understand- 
ing, and that current opposition con- 
stitutes the viewpoint of the Jap- 
anese public rather than that of the 
Government. 

While it is held unlikely that bar- 
riers will be more than minutely 
lifted on the question of revenue 
fvailabilitv, since the necessity con- 
tinues with respect to retaining the 
highest possible balance in foreign 
pxchan<?e and preventing the latter 
from fluctuation during: the current 
crisis, discussions are under way to 
afford to Hollywood product greater 
opportunity in the exhibition field 
via tempering import restrictions. 



Schenck, Zanuck, Goetz 

Pare 20th-Fox Holdings 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Aug. 30 embraced 142,130 shares of 
common, 21.946 shares of preferred. 

Loew's, Inc. reported acquisition 
of 36 shares more of Loew's Boston 
Theaters common stock and now 
holds 99 670 shares. 

Sam Katz filed a July, 1938, re- 
port stating he has acquired two 
more shares of Loew's, Inc. common 
and now holds 752 shares. 

John D. Hertz reported he holds 
no shares of Paramount Pictures 6 
per cent convertible 2nd preferred 
after disposing of 1,000 of that issue 
through Lehman Brothers. 

SAG's New By-Laws Will 

Eliminate Junior Guild 



(Continued from Page 1) 

bracket for bit players and extras. 
However, they would be allowed to 
vote for a strike or withdrawal from 
the Guild. The new provisions pro- 
vide for an advisory council for the 
B bracket. 

Proposals will be ratified at a 
mass meeting of SAG members on 
Friday night. 

GB's Publicity-Ad Plan 

to be Launched Shortly 

(Continued from Page 1) 

be completed next week, with two 
already picked, it was disclosed. 

Campaign will expend about §200,- 
000, appropriation which has al- 
ready been okayed by the company's 
home office in England. 



So That's That 

Sources high in Ascap counsels yes- 
terday characterized as "screwy" re- 
cent reports that the Society is about 
to send out new contracts to film in- 
terests. Existing contracts, it is pointed 
out, have no date of termination, and 
are consequently of a perpetual nature. 
They can be abrogated, it is declared, 
only by mutual consent and there is 
no disposition on either side to effect- 
uate such a step. 




Wednesday, October 5, 1938 



FRIEDGEN AND GERING 

TO MAKE PIX IN EAST 



(.Continued from Page 1) 

depending on which type of record- 
ing equipment is to be used. 

Friedgen said yesterday that the 
pictures had been budgeted at $300,- 
000 each and that financing had been 
obtained from Wall Street interests. 

Options on Hollywood talent are 
now being obtained. Elliott Fisher 
has been brought from the Coast 
and will serve as assistant to the 
producer. John Doran, who for 12 
years was with Paramount at the 
Long Island studios, has been named 
production manager, while Ted Hen- 
kel, musical director, has been as- 
signed to do the musical scores and 
write original music. Abner Ru- 
biens, attorney, is counsel for the 
new company. 



Gary Suit Charges Outside 
Trust Law Scope, Says Para. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

called anti-trust laws. This was as- 
serted in the answers filed in Chi- 
cago last week by the firm of 
Mayer, Meyer, Austrian & Piatt, 
counsel for Paramount. Copies of 
the answers were received in New 
York yesterday. 

Admitting certain statements in 
the complaint relative to theater 
operation, corporate setups and sys- 
tems of distribution, Paramount, in 
its answers, denies all allegations 
indicating tbat it is a party to any 
"illegal combination or conspiracy 
in restraint or restriction of inter- 
state commerce." The defendants 
asks for "strict proof of each alle- 
gation" mentioned in the complaint. 

Chicago — Judge William Holly 
has continued the Gary theaters 
anti-trust case against M-G-M 
which contend it should not be in- 
cluded in the Gary suit. 

Cecelia Ball Dies 

Pittsburgh — Cecelia Ball, 22, an 
employe of the local 20th-Fox office 
and sister of George Ball, book- 
er for the same exchange, died in 
the Mercy Hospital, after a six 
weeks' illness. Funeral services will 
be held at the Flannery Funeral 
Home on the North Side this after- 
noon, which the employes of 20th 
Century-Fox will attend in a body. 

"Annabel" Set for Palace 

"The Affairs of Annabel," will 
have its New York premiere at the 
Palace Theater Oct. 12. 



Brit. Panel Comm. to Consider Free Shows 

London (By Cable) — List of- points which are likely to be put before Lord Stone- 
haven's new 1909 Act Panel Committee is being increased. The Committee is expected 
to hold its first meeting this month. Free show control is now expected to be one 
of the major issues coming up; also television in general, and its use by religious 
bodies. 



Jewel Theater's Lottery 

Case to Special Sessions 

Action instituted recently by the 
Society for the Prevention of Crime 
against six members of the Jewel 
Motion Picture Theater's staff, 
charging defendants with conduct- 
ing a lottery, based on a screen 
game for cash prizes, was held yes- 
terday by Magistrate Thomas Au- 
relio, in Fifth District Court, Man- 
hattan, for Special Sessions where 
it will be calendared, with trial ex- 
pected to take place subsequent to 
Nov. 1. 

According to legal practice, no- 
tice is to be sent to the defendants, 
upon receipt of which case will be 
pleaded. 

Harry Z. Kosch, attorney for the 
theater, is defense counsel. Prose- 
cution is the first undertaken in the 
film exhibition field by the Society, 
and unusual interest has been 
aroused because of the far-reach- 
ing consequences which might result 
to the estimated 3,000 theaters in 
New York State conducting screen 
games. 



WEDDING BELLS 



Reno — Arch M. Bowles, San Fran- 
cisco division manager for Fox West 
Coast Theaters, and Peggy O'Neill, 
stpge producer of San Francisco, 
were married here over the week- 
end. 



Variety Post Elects 

Cleveland — Howard Roth, Para- 
mount booker, has been elected com- 
mander of the Variety Post No. 313 
of the American Legion for the 
coming year to succeed Harry Gold- 
stein, Paramount district manager. 
Other officers elected are: 1st vice- 
commander, John Himmelein; 2nd 
vice-commander, Holbrook C. Bis- 
sell; financial officer, Nat Barach; 
adjutant, Dr. A. Bubis; 1st ser- 
geant-at-arms, Jack Sogg; 2nd ser- 
geant-at-arms, Louis Swee; chaplain, 
Aaron Wayne. Instead of at the Va- 
riety Club, the Post will hold its 
meeting this year in the Arena, 
headquarters of the American Le- 
gion posts. 



Packing Co. Buys Cover 

Space on Drive Booklet 

Albany — Back cover on the drive's 
Movie Quiz booklet has been sold to 
the Albany Packing Co. here, by the 
Albany Committee for Motion Pic- 
tures' Greatest Year. Headed by 
Larry Cowan of Fabian Enterprises, 
and Charlie Smakwitz of Warner 
Theater Circuit, committee is meet- 
ing tomorrow. Three 15-minute 
broadcasts over Stations WABY and 
WOKO have been promised the local 
committee and name speakers will 
be delegated to spout. 



Six Hotels to Accommodate 
MPTOA Convention Guests 



Oklahoma City — Six hotels are 
available to accommodate MPTOA 
conventioneers, scheduled to meet 
here Oct. 30-Nov. 2. In addition 
to the Biltmore, convention head- 
quarters, they are: Skirvin, Skirvin 
Tower, Wells Roberts, Black and 
Huckins. 



Maloy Rites Tomorrow 

Utica, N. Y. — John F. Maloy, who 
had been associated with Wilmer & 
Vincent for 20 years during which 
time he was general manager of 
the State Theater, Altoona, and the 
Embassy Theater, Johnstown, Pa., 
died at the residence of his sister, 
Mrs. J. McLaughlin, here, after an 
illness of over a year. Funeral and 
burial will take place in Utica to- 
morrow. 



Empress Takes Quarters 

Empress Pictures, Inc., distribu- 
tors of "Life Dances On" (Un Car- 
net de Bal), and other French prod- 
uct have taken over the entire third 
floor at 218 W. 49th St., the Trans- 
Lux Theater Building. These quart- 
ers will house the executive, sales, 
and publicity departments. Work 
has started on a de luxe projection 
room on the same floor. 



Rights to Pam-0 Film 

Pam-0 Film Exchange, Inc., of 
Buffalo, has acquired the distribu- 
tion rights for upstate New York 
on the following foreign and art, 
pix: "Invitation to the Waltz," 
"Wedding of Palo," "The Volga 
Boatman," "Life Dances On," "Stu- 
dent Romance," "I Give My Heart," 
"Pan Redaktor," "Ada to Nie Wy- 
pada" and "Private Life of Musso- 
lini." 



20th-Fox Release Changes 

"Suez" has been set for national 
release on Oct. 28 instead of Nov. 4 
by 20th-Fox. "Submarine Patrol" 
has been moved back to Nov. 25, and 
"Five Of A Kind," the Dionne quints 
picture, has been moved up to 
Oct. 14. 



Ulmer Ends Shooting 

Edgar Ulmer has completed 
shooting on the Ukrainian feature 
"Cossacks Beyond the Danube," 
filmed at Newton, N. J. for Avra- 
menko Film Co. Michael J. Gann 
was associate producer. 



Mrs. Rebecca Agren Dies 

Mrs. Rebecca Agren, mother of 
Ben Agren, assistant to Leon From- 
kess, treasurer of Monogram Pic- 
tures, died at her home this week 
following a long illness. 



"Dodge City" in Color 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Burbank — Warners definitely will 
dip another in the dye vat. It's 
"Dodge City." 



RODGERS TO ATTEND 
MICH, ALLIED MEET 



(Continued from Page 1) 

arrangements committee announced 
yesterday. 

Other major company representa- 
tives scheduled to attend ir*"^de 
Frank Downey and Jack FlyAJ of 
Metro, John K. Howard of Para- 
mount, Fred E. Norris of Vitagraph, 
Carl Shalip and C. H. Townsend of 
Columbia and J. F. Goldbar of UA. 

Convention is given a legislative 
slant by the acceptances of U. S. 
Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg and 
Rep. Carl E. Mapes. 

Michigan Allied's directors will 
meet Monday to close business for 
the fiscal year and will hold the 
traditional board dinner at night. 
First convention session proper 
Tuesday afternoon will follow a 
morning of golf at the Cascade 
Country Club. Open house and in- 
formal buffet supper is scheduled 
for the evening. 

Abram F. Myers, Allied States 
general counsel and board head, will 
speak Wednesday morning. Ameri- 
can Seating Co. will tender a lunch- 
eon at noon, to be followed by a 
boxing card. Final business session 
and election of officers will take 
place in the afternoon, with banquet 
and floor show at night concluding 
the program. 

The local convention committee is 
headed by Allen Johnson, assisted 
by Walter Semeyn and R. G. Taylor, 
Ray Branch, Hastings, is president 
of the unit. Legislative, budget and 
other committees will be appointed 
at the opening session of the con- 
vention, according to Allen Johnson. 

Michigan Allied in its present set- 
up is about a year old. Previously, 
it was practically a Detroit organi- 
zation. Regional meetings in the 
territory have made possible closer 
contact with members. 



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WE Promises Service Cut 

London (By Cable)— P. L. Pal- 
merton, British head of WE, has 
sent a letter to all the company's 
British licensees promising a cut in 
service charges before the end of 
this year. 



APPH's $559,445 Profit 

London (By Cable) — Associated 
Provincial Pictures houses in its 
24th annual statement shows a net 
profit of $559,445 for the year end- 
ing May 31 last. 

Day-and-Date Opening 

Boston— "You Can't Take It With 
You" is scheduled to open at Loew's 
State and Orpheum Theaters on 
Oct. 27. 



STORKS! 



Jack Harris, executive of the 
Skouras circuit, announces the ar- 
rival of a daughter — which makes 
Charlie Moskowitz of Loew's an un- 
cle again. 



/ednesday, October 5, 1938 



DAILY 



4PT0A PREPARES 14 

ISSUES FOR STUDY 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ssible only by "thoughtful consid- 
:ation and intelligent understand- 
ig r-f the problem itself" through 
)n:y|tnce and consultation "be- 
veen experienced and responsible 
leater operators." 

The 14 questions which the con- 
antion committee expects to be 
msidered are: 

(1) What chance is there for 
organized self-regulation in the 
trade practices in motion pic- 
ture distribution and exhibi- 
tion? Can clearance and com- 
petitive over-buying disputes be 
adjusted locally by organized 
conciliation or arbitration? 

(2) Do the present anti -trust 
laws actually prohibit construc- 
tive co-operation between ex- 
hibitors and distributors? 

(3) Will the government anti- 
trust suit clarify the confusion 
and uncertainties that legal 
opinions and interpretations 
have created about the law? 

(4) If regulation of the busi- 
ness practices in distribution 
and exhibition by criminal sta- 
tute is inevitable, what sort of 
laws will be acceptable to the 
responsible independent exhibi- 
tors? 

(5) Should the responsible in- 
dependent exhibitors and the 
country town theater owners 
have any voice in Federal and 
state legislation to regulate 
business practices? 

(6) What is required of ex- 
hibittors by the new Federal 
Wages and Hours Law? 

(7) Will there be new Fed- 
eral and state admission taxes 
for relief and social security? 

(8) Will the unions force a 
closed shop on small town the- 
aters through unionized film 
exchanges ? 

(9) Was the National Adver- 
tising Campaign worth the cost 
and effort? Should it be re- 
peated next year? 

(10) What can exhibitors do 
to curb unfair competition be- 
tween theaters? To increase 
box-office receipts? To improve 
theater operation? 

(11) What should local exhib- 
itors do to curb and restrain 
(rather than encourage and in- 
flame) public prejudice and hos- 
tility towards our business and 
towards motion pictures? 

(12) What pictures will be 
released the rest of the season 
that have box-office possibili- 
ties? 

(13) What's new in theater 
equipment, supplies, design and 
materials ? 

(14) What does the public 
want in entertainment? What 
is being done around the coun- 
try to develop new audiences? 



A "JUMU" from "£ote 



// 



By RALPH WILK 



HOLLYWOOD 

Binnie Barnes Joins Cast 

"QINNIE BARNES, screen comedi- 
an, has joined the cast support- 
ing Adolphe Menjou, Jack Oakie 
and Arleen Whelan in "Thanks for 
Everything," 20th Century-Fox mu- 
sical now in production at that stu- 
dio. William A. Seiter is directing. 



"U" Signs Wallace Sullivan 

Wallace Sullivan has been signed 
by Unviersal to do an untitled or- 
iginal story for John M. Stahl. 

T ▼ T 

Warners Set "Queen Elizabeth" 

Warners have decided to again 
team Bette Davis and Errol Flynn 
in "Queen Elizabeth," following suc- 
cess of this combination in "The 
Sisters." 

Miss Davis will play the queen 
while Flynn will portray Essex. 
"Queen Elizabeth" will be made dur- 
ing the winter. Miss Davis next 
stars in "Dark Victory," with 



George Brent, which starts shooting 
Thursday. 

T T ▼ 

Rejoins the Jones Family 

Resuming her role as the featured 
romantic lead in the widely known 
screen household, Shirley Deane has 
signed to rejoin the Jones Family 
in "Bundle of Joy." The new con- 
tract, however, is simply on a one- 
picture basis, inasmuch as the star- 
let has a long-term deal pending at 
one of the other major lots. 

T T T 

"Sonata" In All Five Houses 

Herbert Rosener Co. distributing 
"Moonlight Sonata" in the Far 
Western station, has sold the Pade- 
rewski feature to Fox West Coast 
Theaters for their entire circuit 
with first runs in "A" houses. 
"Moonlight Sonata" is now in its 
fifteenth week at the Esquire The- 
ater in Hollywood. This is said to 
be the first time an independent pro- 
duction has been able to cinch full 
coverage of the Fox West Coast 
circuit. 



HEAR MARK OSTRER 
MAYGOMEFORGONFAB 



"If I Were King's" Biz 

Nearly N. Y. Para. Record 

Paramount's "If I Were King" 
closed its first week at the New 
York Paramount Theater last night 
with a near record-breaking "take" 
since the inauguration of the band 
policy in 1936. Only pix to run 
ahead was "Wells Fargo" opening 
which played the Christmas and 
New Year period in 1937. Both "If 
I Were King" and "Wells Fargo" 
are Frank Lloyd productions. 

Pix, held over in New York, has 
been given 10 additional pre-release 
engagements. Of the advance open- 
ings, six are in theaters of the M. & 
P. Circuit in New England and will 
be backed by a comprehensive ex- 
ploitation campaign now under way 
in preparation for the picture's open- 
ing on Oct. 12. "If I Were King" 
also goes into Chicago Theater, Chi- 
cago, and Paramount Theater, San 
Francisco, on Oct. 21. 

Basil Rathbone, left yesterday for 
a p.a. tour of New England cities, 
including New Haven and Boston. 



Mystery! Business Slumps 
Monday for No Good Reason 

(Continued from Page 1) 
and nobody appears to know the rea- 
son why. A checkup on radio pro- 
grams failed to reveal anything un- 
usual in the way of special programs 
which might have commanded the 
attention of picture fans. Other 
possible causes also were checked 
without the mystery being solved. 

The war crisis in Europe last 
Thursday had a definite effect on 
theater grosses, it was learned. The 
public apparently was "glued" to 
the radios and theaters suffered be- 
cause of it. The next day, when 
peace appeared certain, patronage 
returned to normal, it was said. 

Theater operators expect poor 
business today because of the Jew- 
ish holiday, but are looking for heavy 
attendance after sundown when the 
religious observance formally ends. 



Allied Central States 

Units to Meet Nov. 14 



Columbus — Central States units of 
Allied States will hold the first 
session of the Regional Allied Con- 
ference at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 
14, while the opening session of the 
ITO of Ohio state convention is set 
for the same hour the following 
day. Annual banquet will be held 
on the night of Nov. 15, and the 
final business session of the state 
convention on the afternoon of 
Nov. 16. 



u. s. 



Pix Holding 75% 
of Market In Uruguay 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Seventy-five per 
cent of the feature pix exhibited in 
Uruguay are of U. S. origin, accord- 
ing to a report from the office of the 
American Consulate at Montevideo 
made public by the Department of 
Commerce. Of late, however, a 
marked improvement in the recep- 
tion of French pix has been noticed, 
the report stated. 

There are 78 film theaters in 
Montevideo, with 45,000 seats. All 
the theaters are wired for sound. 
Average admission price for first- 
run theaters is about 40 cents Amer- 
ican money, and 15 cents for second- 
class theaters, according to the re- 
port. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

known that the two execs, had dis- 
cussed a deal for an interchange of 
talent and other properties for pro- 
duction purposes. Later reports that 
Schenck, with his brother, Nicholas, 
was contemplating the possible sale 
of the stock owned in GB by 20th- 
Fox and M-G-M were subsequently 
denied by the American exec. 

While there was no confirmation 
obtainable of the reported Ostrer 
American trip plans yesterday, it 
was pointed out that with Mrs. 
Ostrer already in New York it was 
"quite possible" the sailing would 
eventuate. 

STATEMENT OF THE OWNERSHIP, 
MANAGEMENT, CIRCULATION, ETC., 
REQUIRED BY THE ACTS OF AUG- 
UST 24, 1912 AND MARCH 3, 1933. 
OF "THE FILM DAILY," published daily 
except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays at 
New York, N. Y., for October 1, 1938: 
State of New York ) 
County of New York. J 
ss.: 

Before me, a notary public, in and for the 
State and County aforesaid, personally ap- 
peared Donald M. Mersereau, who, having 
been duly sworn according to law, deposes 
and says that he is the Business Manager of 
"THE FILM DAILY," and that the fol- 
lowing is, to the best of his knowledge and 
belief a true statement of the ownership, 
management (and if a daily paper, the cir- 
culation), etc., of the aforesaid publication 
for the date shown in the above caption, re- 
quired by the Act of March 3, 1933, em- 
bodied in Section 537, Postal Laws and Reg- 
ulations, printed on the reverse of this form 
to wit: 

1. That the names and address of the 
publisher, editor, managing editor, and busi- 
ness manager are: 

Publisher, John W. Alicoate, 1501 Broad- 
way, New York, N. Y. ; Editor, Chester B. 
Bahn, 1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y.; 
Managing Editor, None; Business Manager, 
Donald M. Mersereau, 1501 Broadway, New 
York, N. Y. 

2. That the owners are: "Wid's Film 
& Film Folk," Inc., 1501 Broadway, New 
York, N. Y.; John W. Alicoate, 1501 Broad- 
way, New York, N. Y. ; Pearl Dannenberg, 
1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y.; Addie 
Dannenberg, 1501 Broadway, New York, 
N. Y. ; Edna Sussman, 1501 Broadway, New 
York, N. Y. 

3. That the known bondholders, mortga- 
gees and other security holders owning or 
holding 1 per cent or more of total amount 
of bonds, mortgages, or other securities are: 
None. 

4. That the two paragraphs next above, 
giving the names of the owners, stockholders, 
security holders, if any, contain not only the 
list of stockholders and security holders as 
they appear upon the books of the company, 
but also in cases where the stockholder or 
security holder appears upon the books of the 
company as trustee or in any other fiduciary 
relation, the name of the person or corpora- 
tion for whom such trustee is acting, is given, 
also that the said two paragraphs contain 
statements embracing affiant's full knowledge 
and belief as to the circumstances and con- 
ditions under which stockholders and security 
holders who do not appear upon the books 
of the company as trustees, hold stock and 
securities in a capacity other than that of a 
bona fide owner and this affiant has no rea- 
son to believe that any other person, associa- 
tion or corporation has any interest direct or 
indirect in the said stock, bonds or other 
securities than as so stated by him. 

5. That the average number of copies 
of each issue of this publication sold or 
distributed, through the mails or otherwise, to 
oaid subscribers during the 12 months' preced- 
ing the date shown above is 5,503. 

D. M. MERSEREAU, 

Business Manager. 
Sworn to and subscribed before rae this 
1st day of October, 1938. 

(Seal) Louis Fishman. 



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Wednesday, October 5, 19311 



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Reviews o% the Hew films 



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"The Lady Vanishes" 

with Margaret Lockwood, Paul Lukas, 
Michael Redgicve 
G-B 97 Mins. 

SUPERB SPY DRAMA IN BEST HITCH- 
COCK TRADITION SETS A NEW STAND- 
ARD FOR ITS TYPE. 

Again Alfred Hitchcock proves himself 
master of the technique which makes sus- 
pense-building a fine art. In a story 
filled with all the creaky elements that 
enter into the old international spy formula, 
he polishes it up and serves it with such 
deft skill that it becomes something 
amazingly new in screen entertainment and 
enormously exciting. The story starts 
somewhere in the Balkans with a mixed 
crowd aboard an express bound westward 
across the border. The audience has been 
introduced to several characters, including 
Margaret Lockwood as a rich English giri 
returning to London from a vacation; 
Michael Redgrave, a young writer gathering 
data for a book on folk music; Dame May 
Whitty, as a middle-aged English governess. 
On board the train the audience is gradu- 
ally let in on the fact that there is a 
menacing danger hovering over the pas- 
sengers, or at least certain members. The 
English governess who has befriended the 
young girl mysteriously disappears. All 
other passengers deny ever having seen 
her, and the audience is allowed to know 
why, for private reasons, they profess 
ignorance, although having nothing to do 
with the spy ring which is in back of the 
disappearance. Then events pile up thick 
and fast, one incident more baffling than 
another. Redgrave throws in his lot with 
the girl, convinced that she is not suffering 
hallucinations as a celebrated foreign brain 
specialist on board states. Paul Lukas 
is the specialist, and gradually the audience 
catches glimpses behind the scene, with 
the bringing aboard of a patient for the 
specialist to operate on at the first stop; 
the discovery of Redgrave and the girl that 
the patient has been substituted, and that 
the missing governess is to be a victim 
of the fake operation. The last reel is a 
hummer, with thrill topping thrill till the 
audience is sitting breathless. Of course 
the governess is a British secret agent, 
and Redgrave and Miss Lockwood are in 
at the finish in London of as exciting a 
spy drama as the screen has ever witnessed. 
Hitchcock's direction is superb. Margaret 
Lockwood is charming and competent. 
Michael Redgrave, a London stage actor, 
scores impressively, he being a charming 
personality and splendid performer with a 
light deft touch. Paul Lukas is his usual 
competent self as the sinister specialist. 
Dame May Whitty fools you to the last. 

CAST: Margaret Lockwood, Michael 
Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty, 
Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Naughton 
Wayne, Basil Radford, Mary Clare, Emile 
Boreo, Googie Withers, Sally Stewart, 
Philip Leaver, Zelma Vas Dias, Catherine 
Lacey, Josephine Wilson, Charles Oliver, 
Kathleen Tremaine. 

CREDITS: Director, Alfred Hitchcock; 
Author, Ethel Lina White; Screenplay, Sid- 
ney Gifliatt, Frank Launder; Continuity, 
Alma Revelle; Editor, R. E. Dearing; Cam- 
eraman, Jack Cox. 

DIRECTION, Excellent. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Fine. 



"Men of Ireland" 

J. H. Hoffberg 60 mins. 

SIMPLE, WHOLESOME DRAMA OF 

FISHER FOLK ON IRISH COAST HAS 
REAL CHARM. 

The unusual setting of this drama, 
placed on the Blasket Islands off the coast 
of Ireland, depicting the simple life of the 
hardy fisher folk on their bleak island 
home has an unusual charm and whole- 
some simplicity. For the Irish neighbor- 
hoods it can't miss, but it also should 
prove a very good attraction for the neigh- 
borhood houses catering to the family trade. 
The story is idyllic and uninvolved to fit 
well with the simplicity of the island 
people. A young medical student visits 
the island on his holidays, and becomes 
charmed with the place, and more particu- 
larly with a native girl. The latter is 
practically betrothed to a young fisher lad, 
and as the two men become fast friends, 
the medical student realizes how hopeless 
is his love for the girl of his pal. But the 
medical student is lured back to the island 
the next year after he graduates from 
Trinity College, and decides to cast in 
his lot with these simple fishing people. 
The two men go out on a fishing trip and 
the native lad is swept overboard and al- 
though the medical student rescues him, 
he later succumbs. The story is simple but 
it gets over because of its very simplicity 
and charm, and the sea action and bleak- 
ness of the island and its poor inhabitants 
and their lives get away from the routine 
Hollywood production. The islanders in a 
native entertainment with their songs and 
clog dancing make a pleasant interlude. 
This film has the same type of charm as 
"Man of Aran." 

CAST: Cecil Ford, Eileen Cunan, Brian 
O'Sullivan, Gabriel Fallon, Daisy Murphy, 
Gerard Duffy. 

CREDITS: Producers, Irish National Film 
Corp. Director, John Duffy. Author, same. 

DIRECTION, Fair. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



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"Childhood Of Maxim 
Gorky" 

with Alyosha Lyarsky, V. O. Massalitinova, 

M. G. Troyanovsky 
Amkino 99 Mins. 

DRAMATIC STORY OF GORKY'S LIFE 
WILL ENGROSS RUSSIAN AUDIENCES. 

Powerful account of the subjective in- 
fluences which were brought to bear on 
Maxim Gorky in his youth will engross the 
audiences who are interested in Russian 
pictures, and particularly people who are 
interested in the life of Russia's greatest 
writer. Although the film is somewhat 
episodic, it achieves a great deal of force- 



* 5H0RTS * 



The March of Time 

(Issue 2— Vol. 4) 

RKO Radio 19 mins. 

Timely and Punchy 

The main subject is titled "The 
British Dilemma," showing the posi- 
tion of England in the German con- 
quest involving Czechoslovakia. The 
events are highlighted with dramatic 
presentation, showing how England's 
power has been gradually weakened 
down through the years since the 
World War. The events lead up to the 
point where Britain is confronted 
with war, or acceding to the German 
demands. The drama centering 
around Downing Street is finely pre- 
sented. Altogether a very timely 
subject handled with dramatic skill 
and showmanship. The lesser sub- 
ject does not belong with this reel, 
for its weakness detracts from the 
bigness of the main subject. It treats 
of the fire departments in different 
American cities, particularly that of 
the city of Memphis, and shows how 
the propaganda campaign of Frank- 
lin Wentworth, a fire prevention ex- 
pert, has helped this city out of the 
list of principal fire hazard cities. 



"Youth Marches On" 

Sherman Krellberg 20 mins. 

Refreshing Note 

This is the first film presentation 
of the famous Oxford Group, the 
spiritual movement that has spread 
throughout the world among groups 
of young men and women. The film 
does not push over propaganda, it 
being a very simple and cheery expo- 
sition of the main idea of brother- 
hood and unselfishness and lending a 
hand to the other fellow so that all 



ful drama. Alyosha Lyarsky as the youth- 
ful Gorky is good in the part. V. 0. 
Massalitinova portrays his grandmother ex- 
pertly, and the role of the stern and un- 
compromising grandfather is neatly pro- 
jected on the screen by M. G. Troyanovsky. 
The minor roles are portrayed expertly by 
an able cast. The film is a striking pic- 
ture of Russia in the latter part of the 
last century, and, an absorbing account of 
the forces at work there during that time. 
Lack of fluency in the continuity can be 
blamed on the script. 

CAST: Alyosha Lyarsky, V. 0. Massaliti- 
nova, M. G. Troyanovsky, E. Alexeyeva, V. 
Novikov, A. Zhukov, K. Ziubkov, D. Sagal, 
S. Tkihonravov, Igor Smirnoy. 

CREDITS: Soyuzdetfilm Production; Direc- 
tor, Mark Donskoi; Screenplay, I. Gruzdev. 
Presented at the Cameo Theater with Rus- 
sian dialogue and English titles. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



our lives can be made a little brighte: 
and easier. The thin story threa< 
follows Slim, a pleasant cowboy fron 
Canada and his pony. He comes ti 
London with a group of you^'.^nei 
who visit the Oxford Groups ih- ^ing 
land and fraternize with them, thui 
spreading the gospel of good fellow 
ship through the Empire. There i: 
little to the action, but it is a ver] 
pleasant and stimulating film, fillei 
with the joy of youth and the sin 
cerity evidenced by all to help oni 
another. The film has been producer 
by members of the group, and is sur 
prisingly good considering it lacks 
professional skill in preparation. Tht 
photography is of a high order. Thii 
film can be shown in any theater 
and will prove a refreshing interlude 
Produced by Eric Parfit and Georgi 
Fraser. Directed and photographec 
by Dick Bird. 



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"How to Read" 

(Robert Benchley) 

M-G-M 9 mins 

Real Laugh Special 

One of Benchley's best, for h< 
crowds it with funny incidents ii; 
his highly specialized style, and yot 
are still laughing at one gag wher 
another is before you for a laugh 
Benchley follows his usual technique 
of addressing the audience in s 
close-up as a lecturer, showing how 
to read comfortably and avoid eye- 
strain. Then he personally demon 
strates his different points, and as 
usual, gets all balled up. He tries 
reading in bed, in his club, in a 
crowded subway, and in a dentist': 
office. Proves again that Benchlej 
is one of the screen's real corned 
ians, with a style all his own. 



Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra 
(Headliner Comedies) 



RKO Radio 



19 mins 



Pretty Silly Reel 

Another of those wild nightmares 
concerning the adventures of an or 
chestra. Ted Fio Rito and his band 
get themselves aboard a sea-going 
boat as they say good-bye to then 
sponsor, and for some reason they 
fall asleep and later the captain 
calls them stowaways, although how 
an entire band with their instru 
ments can stow themselves away oil 
a big boat is not explained. From 
this absurdity the piece goes into 
others, with some plot concerning 
a Russian Count in love with a girl 
and the girl loving the band's guitar 
player. The climax has the band 
staging a show and stealing the audi 
ence from the regular ship's con 
cert as the Count tries to sing his 
opera stuff, but the boys have put 
alum in his drinking water so he 
can't warble. Pretty silly. Produced 
by Bert Gilroy. 



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"Beaux and Errors" 

«"?ugar Kennedy Comedy) 

ii SO Radio 18 mins. 

Good Laughs Here 

Troubles begin for Edgar Ken- 
sdy when his wife invites her old 
veetie to spend the week-end, she 
tving grown tired of looking at her 
ibby who has developed a pouch 
tiile her old sweetheart is still 
ce and slim. Kennedy tries all 
rts of tricks to stall it off, but to 
> avail. When he arrives, he in- 
ites him to play golf, and the rival 
most kills him with the strenuous 
There are some very 



ercise 

nny complications in a phone call 
) the golf club from Kennedy's 
ife talking to the rival about his 
ister arriving at the house and 

ennedy listening nearby thinking 

s wife is arranging to elope with 
le hated rival. Works up to a very 

larious climax. Produced by Bert 
ilroy. 

"Fisticuffs" 
(Pete Smith Specialty) 
[-G-M 10 mins. 

Bad Taste 

Looks like a buildup for Maxie 
aer for a feature production show- 
lg a lot of cuties oohing and aahing 
t the ringside as Maxie proceeds 
) knock a few sparring partners 
Did in what seemed to us a rather 
rutal manner. Even Pete Smith's 
idding comments could not efface 
ie evident delight on Maxie's mug 
s the ring set-ups hit the canvas, 
ositively not a subject for femmes. 



"Popular Science" 
(J8-1) 

'aramount 10 mins. 

Fair Scientific Reel 

A variety of scientific subjects, 
ncluding the laboratory of a plas- 
ic surgeon in London, and his 
nethod for applying permanent 
nakeup; a new school for kiddies 
mploying finger paint so they can 
xpress their urge to put things on 
aper; Army aviation, showing the 
atest development in blind landing; 
lone in Cinecolor. 



"The Animal Cracker Circus" 

(Color Rhapsody) 

Columbia 7 mins. 

Fairly Entertaining 

A little boy refuses to eat his 
spinach, till his mother promises 
that the animal crackers will put 
m a circus show for him. This they 
proceed to do, with the ringmaster 
putting the various animal crackers 
;hrough their paces just like the 
real thing in the circus. Put it down 
as fair. Produced by Charles Mintz. 



"Party Fever" 

(Our Gang Comedy) 

M-G-M 10 mins. 

Good Topical Stuff 

Topical stuff, with the kids cam- 
paigning for the mayor for Boys' 
Week. Alfalfa, Butch and Waldo 
are the candidates, and the winner 
will have the honor of taking that 
beauty, little Darla, to the straw- 
berry festival. Butch goes in for 
the gangster stuff and bribery, with 
such lures as marshmallow roasts. 
Alfalfa is the champion of clean 
government, and takes an awful 
licking, for the dark horse, Waldo, 
noses out both the others. 



"Racing Pigeons" 

(Grantland Rice Sportlight) 

Paramount 10 mins. 

Novel Race Reel 

Very interesting coverage of a 
race meet with pigeon fanciers. The 
various steps in the registering, 
marking and shipping of the pig- 
eons to the start of the race, and 
then the release of hundreds of 
pigeons at once from separate 
baskets. On their arrival, the own- 
er must check them with an auto- 
matic clock that becomes the official 
timing. The winning pigeon is 
shown, and its owner receiving the 
prized cup. Narrated by Ted Husing. 



Community Sing 

(College Songs) 

Columbia 10 mins. 

Timely Rah-Rah-Rah 

A timely presentation of the 
songs of the various colleges, with 
the quartet consisting of Gene Mor- 
gan and his Columbians. The 
sonfgest covers "Red and Blue" 
(Pennsylvania); "Come Join the 
Band" (Stanford); "Far Above Cay- 
uga's Waters" (Cornell); "Washing- 
ton and Lee Swing," Notre Dame 
"Victory Song." The finale has a 
number with the space left blank 
for the audience to fill in their own 
favorite college as the words are 
flashed on the screen. 



(Popeye Cartoon) 

Paramount 7 mins. 

Essentially Routine 

Trouble aboard ship as Olive stows 
herself away on the ocean voyage, 
and the superstitious sailors start 
to mutiny. Popeye has his hands 
full till finally he succeeds in get- 
ting rid of the female and all is 
again calm and peace among the 
crew. Essentially routine cartoon. 
Produced by Max Fleischer. 



"Mexico" 

(Color Cruise) 

Paramount 10 mins. 

Old Stuff 

Mostly a resume of familiar Mex- 
ican scenes. The highlights of the 
capital, Mexico City; the famous 
floating gardens; then to the hill 
country and the Mayan ruins of 
centuries ago. The film is in Cine- 
color, with an explanatory narra- 
tion. 



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ST. PETERSBURG 
INDEPENDENT 

(FLORIDA) 

that 
THE FILM DAILY 



Another of those "tremendous 
spectacles" has come to the screen. 
This one is "The Texans" of which 
Film Daily says: 

— Director James Hogan has come 
through with one of the most dra- 
matic thrill spectacles to be seen 
since "The Covered Wagon." It be- 
longs in the same category. His ac- 
tion scenes are powerful, painted on 
broad canvases with tremendous 
sweep. He has caught the spirit of 
the reconstruction days after the 
Civil war in the South, and his char- 
acters are rough hewn and steeped 
in the spirit of the times. Randolph 
Scott is the Confederate soldier who 
returns to Texas at the close of the 
war, to find the people impoverished 
and tyannized by the carpet-baggers 
and unscrupulous politicians in com- 
plete control, who levy ruinous taxes, 
confiscate lands and cattle, and grow 
rich on the South's misery. The pro- 
duction is crammed with colorful ac- 
tion, fine characterization by a dozen 
competent players, thrills and sus- 
pense to satisfy the most avid fan. 
And there is romance, too, with Joan 
Bennett, and Randy Scott. Although 
it seems a pity that Miss Bennett 
minces through her scenes like a 
mannequin, and wears her dainty 
crinoline costumes beautifully 
starched each day, and never gets 
her beautiful hair arrangement even 
mussed. She and her part are the 
one discordant note in an otherwise 
highly entertaining and satisfying 
production. Grand performances are 
turned in by May Robson as the 
girl's fire-spitting granny, and Walter 
Brennan as the old ranch foreman 
and Indian fighter. In addition there 
are a dozen bit parts that are beau- 
tifully performed and add smashing 
atmospheric color to a grand historic 
spectacle. 



The Voice of 




is far reaching! 



KING OF FILMS 



EASTMAN Super X Panchromatic Negative 
reigns supreme. . . . Not by virtue of fine 
grain alone. . . . Not by virtue of speed alone. 
. . . But by a combination of those qualities 
with that prime requisite of the fine motion 
picture, superb and dependable photo- 
graphic quality. Eastman Kodak Company, 
Rochester, N. Y. (J. E. Brulatour, Inc., Dis- 
tributors, Fort Lee, Chicago, Hollywood.) 



EASTMAN SUPER X 

PANCHROMATIC NEGATIVE 



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International in Scope 
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Now Twenty Years Old 



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NEW YORK. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1938 



TEN CENTS 



Mexican Producers Move for Unified DistriL System 

early Hart for trade practiceTarleys 

1938 U. S. Admissions Tax Collections at $20,800,779 



(roadway Area Contributed 

More Than Quarter 

of the Total 

Vashington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Admissions tax re- 
eipts for the fiscal year of 1938 
otaled $20,800,779.49, according to 
. preliminary statement issued by 
he Treasury Department's bureau 
f Internal Revenue yesterday. Com- 
•arable 1937 figure was $20,974,- 
i31 33 

Of the $20,800,779.49, $6,276,736.96 
vas collected from the third New 
fork District or Broadway area. In 
urn, the $6,276,736.96 included $5,- 
i54,984.01 derived from the so-called 
traight admissions levy, imposed at 
he rate of one cent for each dime 

(Continued on Page 6) 

3 inanskTre=named 

ry allied of mass. 



Boston — For a third year, Samuel 
Mnanski of M & P Theaters will 
ierve as prexy of Allied Theaters of 
Massachusetts, Inc. Other officers 
enamed include: 

John H. Devlin, Loew's Theaters, 
/ice-president; Stanley Sumner, 
University Theater, Cambridge, 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Zanada Sees U. S.-British 
Trade Pact Signing Near 

Ottawa — Following a report from 
Janadian negotiators in Washing- 
;on, Prime Minister Mackenzie King 
has declared here his belief that 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Premature 

In the wake of this week's RKO 
reorg. hearing, it was declared by 
sources close to the parent company 
and the plan's proponents that no moves 
will be made toward the selection, even 
tentatively, of the new company's board 
until confirmation of the plan by the 
court. Naming of possible directors, 
until then, is branded as pure specula- 
tion. 



EDUCATIONAL'S 
NET $120,819 

Stockholders' Meeting Is 
Called for Oct. 21 



Educational Pictures, Inc., and 
subsidiaries report a $120,819.27 net 
for the year ended June 25 last as 
compared with $168,056.26 for 1937. 
Earnings per share were approxi- 
mately $1.35 in 1938 as against ap- 
proximately $1.87 per share in 1937. 

Report sent to stockholders by 
Earle W. Hammons, president, says 
that the financial condition of the 
company has shown "continual im- 
provement," and that during the 
year a $301,903.99 cut in liabilities 
was effected. Assets were reduced 
only $168,066.84, it is also pointed 
out. 

Hammons discusses the Grand Na- 
tional deal in detail, and then says: 

"The officers of your company in 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Weigh License System 

for Canadian Itinerants 



Toronto — To solve the 16 mm. 
tangle in Ontario, the Motion Pic- 
ture Bureau, it is reported, may 
establish a license system for itiner- 

(Continued on Page 7) 



"Go Ahead" Signal Given by Majors' Counsels for 

Exhib. Meetings This Month — Kuykendall 

Sees "Decisive Adjustments" 

Conferences, out of which will come "decisive adjustments 
in trade practices," will be held definitely this month, with 
affiliated and unaffiliated units invited to participate. 
This was announced yesterday by Ed Kuykendall, MPTOA 

president, who stated that the or- 
ganization's executive committee had 
been meeting with various major 
distributors during the past few 
weeks. 

"We have the assurance of Sidney 
R. Kent and William F. Rodgers, 
who represent the distributors' com- 
mittee, that meetings will take place 
at the earliest possible date consis- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

GN BOARDPARALLELS 

THAT OF EDUCATIONAL 



WB SETS "FLEXIBLE" 
SALES PLAN IN S. A. 



Warners' sales policy in Argen- 
tina, Chili, Uruguay and Paraguay 
will be "flexible" for the new sea- 
son's product, it was stated yester- 
day by Harry Novak, WB manager 
for these countries, who is sched- 
uled to sail on Saturday noon for 
(Continued on Page 8) 

Miami Blast at Movie Quiz 

Results In Suit Threat 



Legal action against "Miami 
Life," a gossip sheet of Miami, Fla., 
is being considered by the Motion 
Pictures Greatest Year committee 
because of published blasts regard- 
ing the Movie Quiz contest. The 

(Continued on Page 8) 



World-Wide Unified Distrib. System 
for Mexican Pix Talked by Producers 



NEC Public Hearings May 
Not Start Till December 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — National Economic 
Committee is not expected to start 
public hearings until early Decem- 
ber, it is authoritatively reported 
here. Previously, Oct. 15 has been 
mentioned as a possible inaugural 
date. 

Meanwhile, it is understood on 
(Continued on Page 7) 



By MARCO-AURELIO GALINDO 
FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Mexico, D. F. — First move to- 
wards the establishment of a unified 
distribution system for Mexican pix, 
world-wide in its scope, has been 
taken here. 

The Mexican Association of Mo- 
tion Picture Producers has appoint- 
ed a four-man commission to study 
the establishment of such a selling 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Grand National's board of direc- 
tors under the new setup is sub- 
stantially the same as that of Edu- 
cational, with the addition of Ed- 
ward L. Alperson. 

The board, aside from Alperson, 
consists of E. W. Hammons, John 
Munn, Norman C. Nicholson, Bruno 

(Continued on Page 8) 

"Responsibilities Program" 
Sought of AAAA by Equity 

Following announcement by the 
AAAA this week that any member 
of any affiliated branch must im- 
mediately make application for 
membership in whatever sister 

(Continued on Page 8) 



MPTOA War Dance 

Oklahoma City — It may be significant 
and then again, it may not. At" any 
rate, the MPTOA convention arrange- 
ments committee has scheduled a Cher- 
okee war dance for the exhib. conclave. 
It'll be staged by Chief Da-Ga-Doh-Ca 
(Standing Star). 



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Lew Lehr Featured in 8th 
Trailer For Quiz Contest 

Lew Lehr is featured in Trailer 
No. 8 for the Movie Quiz contest 
which will be released during the 
gridiron season with Lehr portraying 
a football referee. Trailer is now in 
production at National Screen Ser- 
vice, and Lehr was obtained through 
the courtesy of Fox Movietone News. 

Harold B. Franklin, business man- 
ager of the drive, in a bulletin issued 
this week urges exhibitors to keep 
up to date on Movie Quiz trailers, 
arguing against constant use of the 
same trailers. 

Mount Vernon and Bronxville, N. 
Y., will hold their industry drive 
parade Saturday with five floats, 
several bands, a police secort and 
ushers in uniform. Participating 
are the Skouras Bronxville, RKO 
Proctor and Loew's Mount Vernon 
Theaters. 



Shapiro Group Planning 

Circuit in Eastern Keys 

The Waldorf Theater has been 
taken over by a group headed by 
Irvin Shapiro, of World Pictures, 
and the house will be extensively 
remodeled and a new policy will be 
inaugurated, it was announced yes- 
terday. The Belasco Theater in 
Washington will also be booked by 
Shapiro, and it is stated that these 
two houses will form the nucleus 
for a new circuit this group will es- 
tablish in Eastern key cities. Myron 
Robinson and A. S. Mossback are 
associated with Shapiro, it was 
learned. 



Warner Trailer Plugging 

Pix Ties In With Drive 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — A special trailer, 
which ballyhoos such Warner pix 
as "Wings of the Navy," "Angels 
With Dirty Faces," "The Sisters," 
"Brother Rat," "Devil's Island," 
"Hard to Get," "Dawn Patrol," 
"Jaurez," "Oklahoma Kid," "Heart 
of the North," and "Blackwell's Is- 
land," is tied in with "Motion Pic- 
tures Are Your Best Entertainment" 
campaign. Joe Cunningham and 
Larry Williams, Warner featured 
players, appear in the trailer titled 
"The Smiths Take a Short Trip." 



"Gay Nineties" to Astor 

World-wide distribution of "The 
Gay Nineties," new production of 
International Road Shows, Inc., has 
been taken over by Astor Pictures 
Corp., it was announced yesterday 
by R. M. Savini, president of Astor. 
Bert Goldberg represented Interna- 
tional in working out the deal. 



New Fabian Cohoes House 

Plans are being prepared by John 
Eberson, film theater architect, for 
a new house which is being contem- 
plated for erection by Fabian Enter- 
I prises in Cohoes, N. Y. 



Altec Emergency Stock 

Re-equips N. E. Theaters 

That over $20,000 worth of sound 
equipment, baffles, horns, cables and 
other sound-projection necessities 
has been provided for New England 
theaters in the hurricane and flood- 
stricken belt via Altec Service Corp. 
emergency stock, was declared yes- 
terday by the company. 

Most Altec houses in the area 
have received all necessary replace- 
ment equipment without cost under 
the organization's comprehensive 
service contracts, it is announced. 

To alleviate theaters affected in 
New England, Altec inspectors 
rushed from Boston the day fol- 
lowing the hurricane. One inspector 
rode across the stage of a Hartford, 
Conn., theater on an improvised raft 
to aid equipment restoration. In 
Finn's Theater, Jewett City, Conn., 
entire theater structure caved in, 
hurtling all sound equipment into 
the cellar. Carlton. Providence, and 
the Strand and Fay houses there 
were respectively beset with 10 and 
15 feet of water in their auditor- 
iums, Altec reports. 



Faralla Forms Dario Prods. 
To Make Para. Spanish Pix 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Incorporation papers 
have been filed in Sacramento by 
Attorney Herbert T. Silverberg for 
Dario Productions. The new com- 
pany is headed by Dario Faralla and 
will make a series of Snanish pic- 
tures, starring Tito Guizar for 
Paramount release. Faralla has ap- 
pointed Irving Applebaum produc- 
tion manager and Ralph Berger art 
director. Arthur Vernon Jones is 
writing the screenplay for the in- 
itial story, tentatively titled "Radio 
Troubador." 



Date for Second Parley 

on Trust Suit Not Set 



Although no date has been set 
yet for further meetings between 
industry counsel and Department 
of Justice officials in Washington, 
the next session probably will be 
set for either next week or that 
following, it was learned yesterday. 



Will Open Coast Offices 

Mary Warner, indie film distrib- 
utor and broker, left yesterday for 
Los Angeles where she plans 
to establish coast offices for special 
handling of independent and indus- 
trial pictures for Progress Films 
and Lloyds Film Storage Corp. 



Irish Theater to Open 

The Irish Theater, which will 
show Irish pictures exclusively, will 
have its official opening Oct. 21. it 
was announced yesterday. Theater 
will show "Rose of Tralee" as its 
inaugural offering. 



comma mid goiii 



COL. W. J. DONOVAN, chief counsel 
RKO, is in Chicago. 

JACK L. WARNER, vice-president of W* 
Bros, and MRS. WARNER, sail for England 
day on the Queen Mary. g^fd 

i. CHEEVER COWDIN, Universal bo..rd cl 
man, is scheduled to sail for England toda i 
the Queen Mary. 

JOHN MARK, Paramount story editor 
England, and LILI DAMITA, actress, also 
on the Queen Mary today. 

ARMAND DENIS and his wife, LEILA RO( 
VELT, producers of Universale "Dark Raptii 
arrived in Harrisburg, Pa., today to at 
the opening of their picture tomorrow nigh 

LOU IRWIN, agent, left for the Coast 
night via TWA. 

LAURITZ MELCHIOR, singer, and his v 
arrive from Europe today on the Europa. 

GAIL PATRICK, Paramount star, arrives 
Little Rock, Ark., today to attend the w 
premiere of Paramount's "Arkansas Trave 
tomorrow. 

JEAN CALE, Hollywood actress, is sta] 
at the Sherry Netherland. 

ROSCOE KARNS, actor, has left the d 
to attend the USC Ohio State game at Coh 
bus, O., on Saturday. He arrives in t 
York Sunday to spend a week to 10 cl 
vacation. 

RUTH WESTON, actress, returns from 
Coast this week to appear in a Broadway pi; 

MARY WARNER left for the Coast yesterc 

SAM BERKOWITZ, producer for Grand I 
tional, arrived in New York yesterday fi 
the Coast. 



World Series Visitors 

Boost Chicago B.O. 



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Chicago — Biz in the Loop theate 
took an upward turn last night, wi 
influx of World Series fans credit* 



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16,961 titles of Fea- 
ture Productions re- 
leased since 1915 are 
listed in the 1938 edi- 
tion of the Industry's 
Standard Reference 
Book of Motion Pic- 
tures — 

THE FILM YEAR BOOK 

1501 Broadway New York City 

The 1939 edition now in preparation 



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Our editorial this week is reprinted in 
its entirety from the INDEPENDENT 
EXHIBITORS FILM BULLETIN. 

Only the quotation marks are ours. 
Here's the editorial: 

"TO METRO'S CREDIT. . . 

"In an industry wracked with seeming 
endless inter-branch antagonism and 
baiting, it is pleasant to hear the virtual 
unanimity of exhibitor good will enjoyed 
by at least one distributor. 

"One might suppose that its very posi- 
tion at the pinnacle of the industry 
would make Metro-Gold wyn-Mayer the 
most ruthless and arrogant of all film 
companies. Yet, this company displays 
greater consideration for its customers 
than any other. 

"During the film selling season hardly 
a week passes but what at least one irate 
exhibitor writes or calls us asking how 
he might go about suing some distribu- 
tor for selling away a product he has 
long played. 'Of course, we point out 
the right of any company to sell to whom- 
it desires, providing no conspiracy can 
be proven. But what strikes us is the 
absence of complaints on this score 
against Metro. 

"This company, it seems, places some 
value on good will. Many cases are 
known in which Metro persistently has 
remained faithful to old customers, 
regardless of opportunities to get greater 
revenue from new competitors. The fact 
that a theatre which has played M-G-M 
pictures in the past, has exploited its 
stars and its trade mark apparently 
enters quite prominently into the con- 
siderations of this company's sales 
executives. 

"It is to the everlasting credit of M-G-M 
that it sets a fine example for other 
distributors in this respect. What a pity 
some of them refuse to follow!" 

%depettde4t£ EXHIBITORS 

film bulletin 

• • • * • 

OH 
MICKEY! 

"STABLEMATES" (a 
beloved American favorite 
Wally Beery welcomes 
a new star!) is the next 
step in Mickey Rooney 's 
march to become the 
greatest box-office draw 
America has ever 
known. A worthy fol- 
low-up to "Boys Town" 
is "Stablemates" and 
then "Out West With 
The Hardys." Nice go- 
ing Mickey! 




EXTRA! "BOYS TOWN" TERRIFIC! 
EXTRA! "TOO HOT TO HANDLE" WOW! 
EXTRA! "SWEETHEARTS" PREVIEW HIT! 
EXTRA! "STABLEMATES" SURE-FIRE! 
EXTRA! "GREAT WALTZ" TRIUMPH! 
EXTRA! "THE CITADEL" SENSATIONAL! 

We could go on and on, but you get the idea! In fact 
a few exhibitors who were out to lunch when our 
salesman called are now frantically signing up. Nobody 
would want to pass up a single one of the above pictures. 
Nor the jolly hits ahead. Leo believes in modesty up 
to a certain point, but honestly you can't blame him 
for the swelled chest (not swelled head, folks!) Con- 
tracts talk! Listen: MORE M-G-M EXHIBITORS 
NOW THAN EVER BEFORE AT THIS PERIOD! 




• *•••• 



"Sweethearts of the day" 




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We used to think a barrel of monkeys 
was fun until we dropped into the big 
Broadway Capitol and listened to the 
packed audience enjoying Clark and 
Myrna in "Too Hot To Handle." 
There's a show for folks of all shapes 
and sizes! A natural! And naturally it's 
a clean-up! ''Entertainment you'll 
chuckle over for days to come," said the 
Daily News, echoing all the critics of 
Broadway, N. Y., and your Broadway 
too, Mr. Showman. Holdovers: New 
York, Philly, Salt Lake, Harrisburg, 
Indianapolis, Wilmington, Houston, 
Atlanta, New Orleans and everywhere 
as we roar to press. 

*<***• 

TELEGRAM FOR LEO! 

"SWEETHEARTS sensation last 
night's preview in Pomona. Jeanette 
MacDonald and Nelson Eddy thrilled 
audience. Victor Herbert music- and 
numbers tremendous. Picture packed 
with entertainment and breath-taking 
with brand new spectacle ideas. Tech- 
nicolor beautiful. Definitely tops 'Rose 
Marie', 'Maytime' all other MacDonald- 
Eddy triumphs and another resound- 
ing hit in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 
Greatest Year." 

• • • • * 

BOX-OFFICE FLASH! 

By wire from California to "Box-Office" 

magazine: " 'Vacation From Love' 

rowdy, romantic fare, fast moving en- 

[ tertainment, well up to Leo's standard." 



* • • • * 





DID YOU GET YOURS? 

Ask M-G-M for the 
broadside (above) also 
Exhibitors Service 
Sheet telling the com- 
plete story of one of 
the greatest promo- 
tions since the first 
Manager hired that 
elephant from his local 
zoo! "THE GREAT 
WALTZ" COMPETI- 
TION has begun. In 
48 states local contes- 
tants are waltzing in 
the hope of getting one of the 87 pretty 
prizes, topped by the first prize: THREE 
MONTHS CONTRACT AT M-G-M 
STUDIOS! 48 State Trophies (above) 
will be awarded. These winners will com- 
pete in 12 Zone Semi-Finals and the win- 
ning couple from each Zone (24 lucky 
vualtzers) will be brought to New York 
for the whirlwind finals. 

You don't have to wait for your "Great 
Waltz" playdate. (B;y the way, the picture 
is finished and our trusted scouts tell us it's 
a honey!) Every M-G-M theatre can enter 
and its local winner then enters the 
State contest. 

Nice promotion, say our exhibitor 
friends. Plus "THE GREAT WALTZ" 
nationwide posting of thousands of 24- 
sheets in 1200 cities! 

What with one thing and another, there's 
plenty of dancing on Film Rows . . . 

With that merry, musical fellow leading 
the gayety. 

They call him 

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DAILY 



1938U.S. ADMISH 

TAX $20,800,779 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of the amount paid above the 41- 
cent b.o. price. 

By collection districts, the straight 
admissions tax netted: 

Alabama, $52,918.40; Arizona, 
$20,780.43; Arkansas, $44,922.73; 
First California, $560,664.11; Sixth 
California, $1,481,733.11; Colorado, 
$113,007.76; Connecticut, $187,174.28; 
Delaware, $42,975.30; Florida, $258,- 
768.57; Georgia, $71,486.61; Hawaii, 
$59,351.44; Idaho, $15,817.78; First 
Illinois, $1,600,642.72; Eighth Illi- 
nois, $28,906.40; Indiana, $294,370.- 
39; Iowa, $66,618.86; Kansas, $49,- 
844.00; Kentucky, $59,497.04; Louis- 
iana, $89,983.23; Maine, $32,651.54; 
Maryland, $563,998.14; Massachu- 
setts, $1,058,915.55; Michigan, $612,- 
927.58; Minnesota, $185,465.87; Mis- 
sissippi, $7,822.85; First Missouri, 
$280,749.66; Sixth Missouri, $64,- 
395.53; Montana, $18,206.35; Nebras- 
ka, $48,173.37; Nevada, $8,312.78; 
New Hampshire, $59,209.24; First 
New Jersey, 268,530.93; Fifth New 
Jersey, $224,027.84; New Mexico, 
$13,741.68. 

First New York, $705,278.78; Sec- 
ond New York, $66,756.21; Third 
New York, $5,554,984.01; Fourteenth 
New York, $304,407.59; Twenty-first 
New York, $68,824.63; Twenty- 
eighth New York, $233,658.03; North 
Carolina, $69,466.72; North Dakota, 
$3,056.09; First Ohio, $131,816.45; 
Tenth Ohio, $46,362.45; Eleventh 
Ohio, $133,057.37; Eighteenth Ohio, 
$235,708.03; Oklahoma, $88,160.86; 
Oregon, $90,180.34; First Pennsyl- 
vania, $489,290.35; Twelfth Pennsyl- 
vania, $103,257.21; Twenty-third 
Pennsylvania, $308,326.55; Rhode Is- 
land, $137,316.19; South Carolina, 
$26,097.12; South Dakota, $8,560.04; 
Tennessee, $87,816.27; First Texas, 
$150,188.77; Second Texas, $331,100.- 
44; Utah, $41,322.04; Vermont, $6,- 
806.51; Virginia, $115,402.88; Wash- 
ington, $174,961.94; West Virginia, 
$22,823.45; Wisconsin, $130,986.33; 
Wyoming, $10,741.37. 





Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 6 

Janet Caynor 
Owen Davis, Jr. 
Carole Lombard 
Alice Knowland 



with PtilLM. DALY 



• • • COMBO SHOWS as long as we must have dual 

bills, why not make 'em Unique pack a li'l showmanship in back 

of 'em that seems to be the general idea in back of booking 

"Frank" and "Drac" together and knocking the customers cold 

with this double dose of Horror Show by all reports, Dracula and 

Frankenstein reissued as a "Dare You" — "Scare You" entertainment fea- 
ture are goaling the cash customers in all parts of the nation 

T ▼ T 

• • • UP AT Andy Shareck's office in Universal, his desk 
is piled high with reports coming in on campaigns from all 
quarters on the Double Horror Show the Strand at Youngs- 
town, Ohio, has smashed its standing record of several years with 

it the Victory at Salt Lake City was forced to open up a 

dark house across the street to take care of the overflow as they 

had another print rushed from the exchange at Waterbury, 

Conn., a 3,800-seat house, they played to 6,500 the first day 

the Princess at Toledo, Ohio, doubled the average biz over the 

past months' figures multiply this by about 10, and you 

have the story as we saw it in letters and wires on Andy Shareck's 

desk a complete campaign with pressbook, block paper from 

ones to twenty -fours, window cards, etc., is available for 

some reason the public right now seems allergic (wotta word!) 
to the Horror Influence 

T T T 

• • • OUT IN the high Sierras RKO Radio is staging warfare 

of its own with battle scenes for "Gunga Din" this picture 

rating as the biggest in the history of the company a movie army 

of 1,200 fighting men and 300 players and technicians is in 

the hills for the spectacular battle scenes a native East Indian 

village has been erected, a froniter town, a British army cantonment 
complete with barracks, officers' quarters, stables, elephant stalls and 
four massive exteriors, including a Hindu temple 

T T- ▼ 

• • • TO GIVE you an idea of the expansiveness of this 

company on location for "Gunga Din" in a single contingent 

of the motor caravan headed for the camera firing line were 
16 studio cars, 12 trucks, a laboratory trailer and ten 30-passenger 

busses in the mountain wilds a tent city houses this army, 

and 400 are fed at one time in the commissary George 

Stevens is directing, with Victor McLaglen, Gary Grant and Doug 
Fairbanks, Jr. starring as a trio of sergeants 

▼ T T 

• • • UNDER auspices of the National Board of Review 

on the air every Thursday eve at 6:15 station WNYC and 

tonite the program will be "Song Quiz" Songs recorded direct 

from the sound track of selected screen lists and it will be up 

to the audience to remember in which picture they were first heard 

Paul Gulick, Campaign Co-ordinafor of Motion Pictures Greatest Year, 
will be the guest speaker 

T T T 

• • • PREVIEW of "Dark Rapture" the Armand Denis- 
Leila Roosevelt adventure film of the Belgian Congo will 

be held at the Chanin Theater Auditorium tomorrow nite 

the film opens for its New York run at the Globe Saturday 



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EXPECT EARLY START 
FOR TRADE PARLEYS 



(Continued from Page 1) 

tent with ability of interested part- 
ies to come to New York." 

(Consent of distributors to rrMy,^ 
with exhibitors on trade probll. !d 
indicates that major counsels have 
okayed the move. Previously, at- 
torneys had advised that a confer- 
ence be deferred until it could be 
determined if such action would ad- 
versely affect the industy's position 
in the Government's New York 
equity suit.) 

It is understood that invitations 
for Allied participation will be ex- 
tended by the distributors. It is 
believed that Allied representatives, 
if they accept, will meet with the 
distributors apart from the MPTOA 
delegates and on separate days. 
When agreements have been reached 
with both bodies, a three-cornered 
session among distributors, MPTOA 
and Allied members will be called 
to cement a general understanding. 

In asking that all exhibitor units 
sit in on the conferences, Kuyken- 
dall stated that "we are seeking 
results. Let credits fall where they 
may." 

"Naturally," he added, "the dis- 
cussions will be around our 20 p.c. 
cancellation demands, conciliation 
boards, abolition of score charges 
and designated playdates. There 
will, of course, be other problems 
to work out." 

Kuykendall asserted that the mo- 
tion picture industry as a whole 
"knows that MPTOA has made a 
constructive fight for fair trade 
practices under the heading of our 
'Ten Point Program' and there has 
been no real reason for the delay 
in bringing this about. Now our 
dreams are coming true and we will 
get results." 

Meetings will be held within the 
month of October, the statement 
continues, and as soon as definite 
dates are set, representatives of 
MPTOA units will be in New York 
for the discussions, and again "we 
invite representatives of any other 
units to sit in with us." 

"May I repeat: industry problems 
can be worked out within the in- 
dustry if interested parties are sin- 
cere in their efforts. The results of 
these meetings will decide to a great 
extent the action of the MPTOA 
convention at Oklahoma City." 



Nix on Nazis 

Although U. S.-Nazi trade hopes were 
described yesterday as rising, in light 
of the possibility that attempt may be 
made by Germany to end discriminatory 
practices and reverse its present policy 
of bartering with paper marks, pix offi- 
cials see little chance of a change of 
status in film commerce. That holds 
true should a trade treaty eventuate, 
it was said. 



Thursday, October 6, 1938 



DAILY 



.v :< REVIEWS Of THE nEW FILfTIS .V .v 



"This'll Make You 
Whistle" 

with Jack Buchanan, Elsie Randolph, 

Jean Gillie, David Hutcheson 

Qtj^ M Pictures, Inc. 75 Mins. 

AMUSING MUSICAL COMEDY WITH 

ABLE CAST MAKES ENTERTAINING 

SCREENFARE. 

Adapted from a highly successful musical 

comedy of a few seasons ago, this English 

production has entertaining music, an able 

cast and numerous gag sequences that 

draw laughs. Leaning to the broad accents 

of slapstick for comedy has allowed the 

1 introduction of scenes that are antedated 

by modern standards, but still pack laughs. 

The cast headed by Jack Buchanan, is able 

and well rounded out. Elsie Randolph can 

sing and dance and Jean Gillie is attractive 

as the love interest. Marjorie Brooks is 

amusing as a horsey Englishwoman. David 

t Hutcheson and William Kendall support 

I Buchanan in minor male roles, and An- 

1 tony Holies is amusing as a crotchety old 

I barrister who takes a new lease on life. 

I Herbert Wilcox gets credit for the produc- 

I tion and direction. Buchanan is engaged 

I to Marjorie Brooks, and is wracking his 

i brains for some method to break it off. 

J He believes he has done so and gets en- 

I gaged to Jean, but the picture is a rapid 

I succession of amusing gags from there on 

I until everything is straightened out after 

1 a number of mixups. Buchanan and Miss 

I Randolph put over several musical numbers 

\ pleasingly. 

CAST: Jack Buchanan, William Kendall, 
David Hutcheson, Elsie Randolph, Jean Gil- 
lie, Maidie Hope, Antony Holies, Marjorie 
Brooks, Bunty Pain, Miki Hood, Scott Har- 
rold, Irene Vare. 

CREDITS.: Produced and Directed by 
Herbert Wilcox; Screenplay, Guy Bolton 
and Fred Thompson; Cameraman, F. A. 
Young; Editors, Frederick Wilson and Rich- 
ard Wotton. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Educational's Net $120,819; 
Stockholders Meet Oct. 21 



{Continued from Page 1) 

the past have been greatly con- 
cerned over the problem presented 
by the double feature policy of mo- 
tion picture exhibitors which detri- 
mentally affected short subjects pro- 
ducers. Due to the acquisition of 
a national system of exchanges 
which presently distributes a full 
program of released feature motion 
pictures and which will distribute 
a full program of feature length 
pictures with fewer short subject 
specialties, it is the opinion of your 
officers that the problem of double 
features will be an asset rather than 
a liability to your company." 

Annual stockholders meeting of 
Educational Pictures will be held 
Oct. 21. 



"Racket Busters" 

with George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, 

Gloria Dickson, Allen Jenkins 

Warners 71 Mins. 

FAST -MOVING GANGSTER STORY 
PACKS PLENTY OF PUNCH AND DRAMA. 

Packing plenty of action and drama, this 
new Warner release successfully follows in 
the footsteps of a long list of gangster 
and crime stories produced by this studio. 
The story is timely in its plot, and an able 
cast and good direction keep the film mov- 
ing at a fast clip that should entertain 
any type of audience. Lloyd Bacon directs 
the picture and Robert Rossen and Leonar- 
do Bercovici get credit for the screen- 
play. George Brent plays the role of the 
trucker neatly, and Humphrey Bogart is his 
usual menacing self as the gangster chief 
who attempts to take the trucking racket 
over. Gloria Dickson is attractive as 
Brent's wife, and Allen Jenkins is amusing 
as Brent's sidekick and partner. Walter 
Abel is good as the sincere district attor- 
ney who has made up his mind to rid the 
city of the gangster parasites, but is baffled 
by the intimidation of his potential wit- 
nesses. Brent, the owner of several trucks, 
is asked to join a new union run by the 
Bogart gang. He refuses, but finally joins 
when his wife is threatened. He is brand- 
ed as a coward by the men he formerly 
was friendly with. However, when Bogart 
shoots Jenkins he leads the honest truck 
drivers in a concerted drive to lick the 
Bogart gang and they are cleaned up after 
a fine free for all. 

CAST: George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, 
Gloria Dickson, Allen Jenkins, Walter Abel, 
Henry O'Neill, Penny Singleton, Anthony 
Averill, Oscar O'Shea, Elliott Sullivan, Fay 
Helm, Joe Downing, Norman Willis, Don 
Rowan. 

CREDITS: Produced by Warner Bros.; 
Director, Lloyd Bacon; Original Screenplay, 
Robert Rossen and Leonardo Bercovici; 
Cameraman, Arthur Edeson; Editor, James 
Gibbon. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



NEC Public Hearings May 
Not Start Till December 

{Continued from Page 1) 

the Hill that differences as to policy 
have developed within the NEC per- 
sonnel. Showdown on procedure is 
said to be nearing. 



Operate on Collins 

Indianapolis — Kenneth T. Collins, 
manager of the Apollo Theater, was 
taken to the Methodist Hospital for 
an emergency appendectomy. Clyde 
Willard is in charge of the Apollo 
during Collins' absence. 



Mono, to Start Two 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Monogram starts 
"Gang Bullets" Monday and "I am 
a Criminal" on the 24th. 



"Fugitives for a Night" 

with Frank Albertson, Eleanor Lynn 
RKO Radio 63 Mins. 

MURDER MYSTERY DRAMA BRIGHT- 
ENED BY A SWELL NEW STORY IDEA. 

This murder mystery thriller is bright- 
ened by a swell new story idea, which 
might have been developed on its own 
rather than as an auxiliary. The Holly- 
wood stooge system, authentic or fanciful, 
is a fresh theme slant, and it is treated 
with a certain lightness and cleverness that 
is very refreshing. Albertson is stooging 
for a Hollywood star (Bradley Page) who 
is on the skids, and the story shows inter- 
estingly the varied things a stooge must 
do to hold his job. It works right into 
the murder of a producer, and there are 
several people at the Hollywood party who 
have cause to dislike the victim intensely. 
But circumstances point strongly to the 
stooge, as he had just pulled a phoney 
murder stunt for a gag a short while be- 
fore the real murder, and his gun is miss- 
ing now. So he takes it on the lam with 
his girl, who is a publicity writer, and they 
hop a freight so as to give him a chance 
to work out a scheme to trap the mur- 
derer. Under pressure of danger, and the 
inspiration of the girl, he suddenly shakes 
off his stooge complex, and becomes a 
fast thinker, and a daring adventurer. The 
two rejoin the party being held informally 
by the police inspector at the home of the 
stooge's boss, and there the real murderer 
proves to be the boss. The girl, Eleanor 
Lynn, is a vivacious and refreshing new- 
comer. Frank Albertson does fine. 

CAST: Frank Albertson, Eleanor Lynn, 
Allan Lane, Bradley Page, Adrianne Ames, 
Jonathan Hale, Russell Hicks, Paul Guil- 
foyle. 

CREDITS: Producer, Lou Lusty; Director, 
Leslie Goodwins; Author, Richard Worm- 
ser; Editor, Desmond Marquette; Camera- 
man, Frank Redman. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Weigh License System 

for Canadian Itinerants 



{Continued from Page 1) 

ant exhibs. If adopted, activities 
of each itinerant would be restricted 
to about 12 towns, to be chosen by 
the showman. 

Plan is advanced as a solution of 
the problem arising from overlap- 
ping of territories and the squeez- 
ing out of established circuit exhibs. 
in the itinerant field. 



Jacob Schreiber Hurt 

Detroit — Jacob Schreiber, circuit 
owner who sold out his interest two 
weeks ago, received a broken left 
arm and other injuries in a 15-foot 
fall. He was inspecting the new 
Crystal Theater, being erected by 
Ben Cohn, when he fell in a dark 
passageway into the basement. He 
is now in Harper Hospital. 



* SHORTS * 



"Mother Goose Goes Hollywood" 
(Technicolor) 



Disney-RKO 



7Vz mins. 



Amusing Satire 

In this Silly Symphony, Walt Dis- 
ney steps into a slightly different 
realm, satirizing the movie folk. We 
recognize the well-known Mother 
Goose characters, but they are no 
longer themselves. They are Kath- 
arine Hepburn, Hugh Herbert, Bus- 
ter Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, and 
dozens of others stepping out of the 
pages of the Mother Goose book. 
They are easily recognizable, though 
the foreword insists that "any re- 
semblance to characters living or 
dead is purely coincidental!" Bo- 
peep Katharine Hepburn runs 
through the pages like a musical 
theme with the plaint about "she 
can't find her sheep ... really she 
can't." It is packed with laughs 
and clever musical effects, and the 
only possible complaint is that it 
is all too "short." 



"Ferdinand the Bull" 

(Technicolor) 
Disney-RKO 8 mins. 

Rates with the Best 

"The Story of Ferdinand," the 
Munro Leaf-Robert Lawson best- 
seller, which already has thousands 
of readers, will add to its fans by 
the release of the Disney cartoon 
version. The story and the illustra- 
tions are followed faithfully, only 
real difference being color and ani- 
mation. Ferdinand is the unusual 
bull who hates fighting and is by 
nature pacifistic. He spent his child- 
hood just sitting under the cork 
tree and smelling the flowers, while 
the other little bulls went about but- 
ting their heads and acting fierce. 
Their sole ambition was to be 
chosen for the bullfights in Madrid. 
When five men came to choose the 
fiercest bull, they did their best to 
show their strength. Ferdinand 
wasn't interested. He started to sit 
among the flowers, but unfortunate- 
ly a bumble bee had got there first, 
resented the intrusion, and speared 
Ferdinand in the rear parts. Ferdi- 
nand's antics won him the name of 
"El Toro Feroccio," or words to that 
effect. He was taken to the bull- 
fights where everyone trembled at 
his name. When it came time to 
fight, a bouquet was thrown at him, 
and he just sat down and smelled 
the flowers. Fade-out shows Ferdi- 
nand back under his favorite cork 
tree . . . just smelling . . . and smell- 
ing. The cartoon is such a faithful 
reproduction of the book that that 
in itself is praise enough. It will 
be relished by children as well as 
the grown-ups who appreciate the 
satire. 



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MOVE FOR UNIFIED 
MEX. DISTRIB. PLAN 



(Continued from Page 1) 

agency which would be directly con- 
trolled by it. 

Heretofore, Mexican producers 
have had to dispose of their product 
outside of Mexico by selling it out- 
right to independent distributors or 
by placing it for exploitation in the 
hands of the distributing agencies 
in Spanish territories of the major 
American companies, a practice 
which they have long felt to be 
harmful to the financial structure 
of the native industry. 



Grand National's Board 

Parallels That of Educat'l 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Weyers and George Blake. Alper- 
son, who was president of Grand 
National, is the only former mem- 
ber of the old GN board to be in- 
cluded among the new company's 
directors. 

Meanwhile, Hammons, GN presi- 
dent, plans to go to England within 
the next three weeks for the pur- 
pose of setting up a distribution out- 
let for the company's product. GN's 
contract with Associated British 
Cinemas has expired and Hammons 
will endeavor to negotiate a new 
contract with that organization or 
through some other channels. 



"Responsibilities Program" 
Sought of AAAA by Equity 

(Continued from Page 1) 

branch they may move to, if such a 
case occurs, Actors Equity Council 
decided to ask the AAAA to outline 
a "program of responsibilities" for 
any actor who might make such a 
transfer. 

It was pointed out that a program 
must be formulated so that any ac- 
tor making a transfer will know 
exactly what his responsibilities to 
the new organization may be, and 
if they will have any ties with their 
former organization. It is expected 
that the AAAA will formulate such 
a program and send it back to its 
branches for ratification. 



New NBC Tele Station 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — NBC's Station 
W2XBT has been granted a license 
to cover a construction permit for a 
new television broadcast station. 



Advice to Hollywood 

Washington Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Washington Herald in a 
leading editorial advises the industry 
to "rush around to the Playwrights Pro- 
ducing Co. and buy the rights to Rob- 
ert Sherwood's 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois'." 
Paper feels that it would "flood the 
box office with half dollars and go 
down in history as a greater picture 
than 'The Birth of a Nation'." 



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HOLLYWOOD 
Wanger Signs Claire Trevor 
£LAIRE TREVOR has been en- 
gaged by Walter Wanger to 
play the feminine lead in his forth- 
coming production of "Stagecoach," 
which will be directed by John Ford. 

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Harlan Steps Up 

Richard Harlan, assistant director 
to Kurt Neumann on the Gladys 
Swarthout - Lloyd Nolan picture 
"Ambush," has been apointed to a 
full directorship at Paramount stu- 
dio and was relieved of his assign- 
ment with Neumann by Mel Epstein 
today. He will direct Tito Guizar in 
"Radio Troubadour," the first of a 
series of all-Spanish features to be 
produced by Dario Faralla for whom 
he directed a number of Spanish 
pictures several years ago. 

T T T 

Parry in "Dramatic School" 

Paul Parry has been signed for a 
spot in M-G-M's "Dramatic School." 

T ▼ T 

Start Burns Pix Nov. 7 

Paramount filming schedules have 
been rearranged to permit the next 
Bob Burns starring production, "I'm 
From Missouri," to go before the 
cameras Nov. 7 instead of next Jan- 
uary as previously announced. 



Joan Crawford Vehicle Set 
Joan Crawford will be starred in 
an original story written by Leon- 
ard Praskins, Florence Ryerson and 
Edgar Allen Woolf which will have 
the "Ice Follies" troupe that recent- 
ly completed a country-wide tour, 
providing a background. Harry 
Rapf will produce and Reinhold 
Schunzel will direct. 

▼ T T 

Garnett To Sail Again 

Tay Garnett's next expedition in 
search of data and scenes for screen 
stories will embrace South America, 
Africa and Europe. The director 
will again sail in his especially 
equipped yacht, Athene, and will 
follow the procedure which resulted 
in the filming of "Trade Winds." 

T T ▼ 

Roach Signs Alice Brady 

Alice Brady has been signed by 
the Hal Roach Studios for a fea- 
tured role in "It's Spring Again," 
the new Oliver Hardy-Harry Lang- 
don vehicle. 

T ▼ T 

"Jitterbug Jamboree" for Rep. 

Republic has set "Jitterbug Jam- 
boree" to cash in on crest of current 
coast-to-coast jitterbug craze. Cast 
will include most of youngsters on 
studio's contract list. 



Canada Sees U. S. -British 
Trade Pact Signing Near 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the U. S. trade agreements with 
Britain and Canada will be signed 
by the end of this month. 

Canadian-U. S. pact, he states, is 
virtually complete, but some fur- 
ther time is needed to settle the 
British agreement which will prob- 
ably be announced simultaneously. 

Should immediate sanction be re- 
quired, Canada's Parliament will be 
called this Autumn, he indicates, and 
adds that he personally will be near 
Washington in case effectuation 
takes place on his current vacation 
in the Southern States. 



Charles F. Bayer Dies 

Perrysburg, 0. — Charles Fred- 
erick Bayer. 68, who built the Palace 
Theater in Perrysburg 17 years ago, 
died after a year's illness. His wife, 
five sons, and two daughters sur- 
vive. 



Garrison Handles "Sea" 

"Sea of Strife," produced by 
Front Page Productions, will be dis- 
tributed in New York State by Gar- 
rison Films, Inc. 

Marshall Brosier Dead 

Milwaukee — Marshall Brosier, 48, 
former Orpheum circuit vaudeville 
entertainer, died here. He is sur- 
vived by his sister. 



Miami Blast at Movie Quiz 

Results In Suit Threat 



(Continued from Page 1) 

latter has been placed in the hands 
of the New York law firm of Phil- 
lips & Nizer 



10,000 Students Invited 
to Warner House Opening 

Pittsburgh — Warners will open 
their new State Theater in State 
College on Oct. 14, with ceremonies. 
This town is practically built around 
Pennsylvania State College, and its 
10,000 students have been invited to 
attend the new theater the day of 
the opening. 



Carrier Corp. Lists Bonds 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Carrier Corporation 
has registered $2,500,000 of 4% per 
cent convertible debentures with the 
SEC, and an undetermined number 
of shares for conversion. Proceeds 
will pay bank loans and bolster 
working capital. 



Capra Pix's Fast Pace 

Reports from the more than 70 
cities where "You Can't Take It 
With You" opened over the week- 
end emphasize new attendance and 
b. o. records, Columbia's home of- 
fice asserted yesterday. 



WB SETS "FLEXIBLE" 
SALES PLAN IN S. A 



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Buenos Aires aboard the liner Bra 
zil. 

He declared that he is returnin 
well fortified with the type oj^v>a 
ture material which his organil : : ',lo; 
is prepared to capitalize upon be 
cause of the popularity of actio: 
pictures in South America generally 

Close to 90 per cent of the prod 
uct of major film companies, and ai 
unusually high representation of pi: 
from the leading indies, he said, an 
imported annually into Argentins 
from the U. S., and that there i( 
excellent co-operation manifest b] 
the Argentine Government towarc 
American film branches there, and 
further, that reports of over-bur 
densome regulations are unfounded 

Such reports, Novak points out 
have their source in a misunden 
standing which has prevailed sine* 
the spectacular legislation, createc 
several years ago by the then de 
facto government, was disseminatec 
widely at that time. 

Although the laws were enacted, 
limiting commercial operations oi 
foreign distribs. in Argentina, thej 
have no pressure at present on 
American pix interests because they 
are held by virtually all reasonable 
authorities within the country to be 
unconstitutional, and that the pres- 
ent friendly administration appears 
to have no intention of trying to 
enforce the legislation. 



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By Allied of Massachusetts 

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treasurer, and Joseph H. Brennan, 
secretary. 

New board of directors embraces 
Charles W. Koerner and Ben Do- 
mingo of RKO Theaters; H. M. Ad- 
dison and George A. Jones of Loew's 
Theaters; J. J. Mullin and Edward A. 
Cuddy of M & P Theaters; B. E. 
Hoffman and Max Mellingoff of 
Warners; J. J. Ford of Maine and 
New Hampshire Theaters; Al Som- 
erby of G. E. Lothrop Theaters Co.; 
James H. Doyle of Broadway Thea- 
ter, South Boston; John S. Giles of 
George A. Giles Theaters Co.; Wal- 
ter Brown of Boston Garden Corp. 

Serving on the advisory committee 
for 1938-39 are Abner Eilenberg, 
Frank C. Lydon, Philip Bloomberg, 
Nathan Goldstein, George A. Rams- 
dell. 



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'Caponsacchi* as Pix? 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Dr. Richard Hageman's 
"Caponsacchi," produced at the N. Y. 
Met. last year and starring Lawrence 
Tibbett, may be the first opera to be 
done by the screen. The composer 
revealed yesterday that he had received 
bids from two major studios for the 
property. Much of the deal hinges 
upon Lawrence Tibbett, whom the com- 
poser wants to head the cast. 



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NEW YORK. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1938 



TEN CENTS 



Allied Board Acts Oct 17 on Trade Parley Proposal 

IISTRIBSTCALL 10 EXHIBJNITS TO TRADE TALKS 

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Hicks Named Managing Director For Para, in Britain 



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places Graham for Indefi- 
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Takes Over Here 

Appointment of John W. Hicks, 
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R0P0SED CITY MOVE 
THREATENS MARQUEES 



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Approximately 25 film theaters 
png upper Broadway from ap- 
•oximately 66th St. Northward to 

(Continued on Page 2) 

iberal Fee for Alger 

RKO Services is Urged 

Application for allowances in 
mnection with the RKO reorgani- 
ition was made to Judge William 

(Continued on Page 2) 



Loew's at Netv High 

Loew's preferred hit a new high for 
the year yesterday on the N. Y. Stock 
Exchange as amusement issues generally 
moved ahead. Loew's preferred closed 
at IO71/2. up three-eighths from the 
previous high. Biggest advance yester- 
day on the Big Board was made by 
Paramount first preferred, up 3 points 
to 95. 



George J. Schaefer Has Not Resigned UA Post 

While there has been some discussion concerning Ceorge J. Schaefer's resignation 
from UA, it is definitely known that the sales chieftain has not yet resigned. 

There are strong reports on the contrary that he may join RKO when that com- 
pany comes out of reorg. Schaefer's present UA contract continues to March. 

At the present time, THE FILM DAILY established yesterday, nothing has transpired 
either as to his withdrawal from UA or association with RKO. 



JACK WARNER WILLING MONO. SALES UP 43%, 
TO LEND BETTE DAVIS JOHNSTON DISCLOSES 



Warner Bros, is willing to lend 
Bette Davis to David 0. Selznick 
for the Scarlett O'Hara role in 
"Gone With the Wind," Jack War- 
ner, vice-president in charge of pro- 
duction, said yesterday just before 
sailing on the Queen Mary for Eu- 
l'ope. 

Warner made this declaration, 

(Continued on Page 2) 



Agnew Lists Winners in 
"Para, on Parade" Contest 

Domestic and foreign winners in 
Paramount's $5,000 advertising- and 
exploitation contest held in connec- 
tion with the celebration of the com- 
pany's international sales drive, 
"Paramount on Parade," were an- 
nounced yesterday by Neil F. Ag- 
new, sales head. There were 250 
U. S. entries, 150 foreign campaigns. 
Foreign contest winners will now 

(Continued on Page 5) 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood— On the basis of 4,000 
theater deals already set, Mono- 
gram's sales for the season show an 
average increase of 43.49 per cent 
over the figures for the same situa- 
tions a year ago, according to W. 
Ray Johnston, prexy. New accounts 
total 896, it is said. 

Johnston declared that on the ba- 
sis of these figures, the company 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Loew Stockholders Suit 

Goes To Trial in Nov. 



Consolidated stockholders' suit 
against Loew's, Inc., seeking to ab- 
rogate executive profit-sharing con- 
tracts with the company is sched- 
uled for trial in N. Y. Supreme 
Court in November, it was learned 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Allied Calls Board Session Ocf. 17 
After Rodgers-Myers-Yamins Meet 



East Baton Rouge Parish 
Bans Pix Money Giveaways 

Baton Rouge, La. — Bank Night, 
and other film money giveaways 
were banned in East Baton Rouge, 
parish (county) yesterday as offi- 
cials swung into a war on general 
gambling and closed the parish 
tightly. 



Allied 's board of directors will be 
called to meet in New York Oct. 17 
for the purpose of considering-, and 
acting upon, a fair trade practice 
parley which was discussed yester- 
day by W. F. Rodgers, M-G-M gen- 
eral sales manager, Abram F. Myers, 
Allied general counsel, and Nathan 
Yamins, president of Allied. If 
the board approves the proposal, a 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Rodgers Wires Bids; Sessions 

to Start in New York 

on October 19 

Invitations to eight exhibitor 
organizations, aside from the 
two national bodies, to send 
representatives to trade prac- 
tice conferences in New York 
were issued yesterday by W. F. 
Rodgers, M-G-M general sales 
manager, in behalf of the dis- 
tributors' negotiating commit- 
tee. 

The heads of each organization 
were asked to send a committee to 

(Continued on Page 4) 



LOEW'S WILL OPERATE 
CRITERION UNDER DEAL 



Loew's, Inc., yesterday acquired 
a 50 per cent partnership interest 
in Criterion theater from B. S. Moss 
and will take over operation. No 
change in policy is contemplated, 
it was stated. 

Commitment runs for 20 years, 

(Continued on Page 5) 

Grand National's First 

Release Goes Out Oct. 14 



Grand National Pictures, Inc., has 
scheduled its first feature release 
for Oct. 14. The release schedule, 

(Continued on Page 5) 



The Pay-Off! 

There was more humor on tap yes- 
terday at the RKO reorg. allowances 
hearing in Federal Court. Hamilton C. 
Rickaby, who has frequently been 
termed in the proceedings "The Affable 
Counsel for the Atlas Group," was 
commenting on the merits of one of the 
claims when he wheeled to the clerk 
of the court and said "This is off the 
record." Then addressing Judge Bondy 
he said: "If you don't pay this claim, 
they (RKO) will only give it to a 
movie star!" Bondy said he would con- 
sider that "fact." 




Friday, October 7, 19381 




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Liberal Fee for Alger 

RKO Services is Urged 

(Continued from Page 1) 

O. Bondy in Federal Court yester- 
day by Otto C. Doering, Jr., acting 
for the trustee and the court, who 
declared that Special Master George 
W. Alger has refrained from stipu- 
lating the amount of his fee for 
services, and therefore the court 
must be the determinant. 

Hamilton C. Rickaby, counsel for 
the Atlas Group, proponents of the 
RKO reorg. plan, asked Judge Bondy 
that the allowance to Alger be lib- 
eral, commensurate with the excel- 
lent service he had rendered, a re- 
ouest which was seconded by Rich- 
ard Hunt, representative of equity 
interests in the action. 

The allowances of Price, Water- 
house, accountants, was placed at 
$3,500, since the court had set this 
maximum, although the services of 
this firm were also appraised more 
highly. 

Law firm of Wickes, Neilson & 
Riddell, 60 Broadway, through whom 
the original creditors' suit was pre- 
pared, submitted through Doering 
an application for $2,000, plus $12.45 
for expenses. 

Bondy also received from Doering 
several affidavits bearing on the cur- 
rent hearing's on the plan's fairness 
and feasibility. 



Postpone Fleischer Meet 

Meeting between Max Fleischer, 
Inc., and a committee representing 
the United American Artists and 
Professional Workers union sched- 
uled for yesterday was postponed, 
it was learned last night. Sessions 
have been held in attempt to nego- 
tiate a new contract. 




Specialists for 25 years in the storage of 
valuable film. 



LLOYDS FILM STORAGE C0RR 

J3& SEVENTH ME. NYC. BRyant ~9'-5.600. 



"Movie Week" In Oshkosh 

Brings Lively Business 

Current "Movie Week" in Osh- 
kosh, Wis., has resulted in lively 
business in that territory and in- 
creased interest in the Movie Quiz 
contest, H. J. Fitzgerald, chairman 
of the Wisconsin committee for Mo- 
tion Pictures' Greatest Year, re- 
ported yesterday. 

Fitzgerald also announced that 
Green Bay, Wis., will celebrate Mo- 
vie Week from Oct. 21-28 with co- 
operation of local authorities and 
civic leaders. 

Gov. George H. Earle of Penn- 
sylvania has issued a proclamation 
urging support of Motion Pictures' 
Greatest Year, and praising the mo- 
vies for their educational and rec- 
reational values and their import- 
ance in American economic life. 



Detroit Weekly Attendance 
Placed at 600,000-750,000 

Detroit — Average weekly biz done 
by Detroit theaters runs between 
600,000 and 750,000 admissions, ac- 
cording to compilation by H. M. 
Richey of Co-operative Theaters. 
This is based about three-quarters 
filled per day average for 135,000 
seats. 



Need 500 Prints to Meet 

"Twin-Horror" Bill Dates 



Total of 500 prints of "Franken- 
stein" and "Dracula" has been or- 
dered by Universal to fill the dates 
signed up for this "twin-horror" 
bill. 



Proposed City Ordinance 
Threatens Theater Marquees 

(Continued from Page 1) 

125th St. may be deprived of their 
marquees in the event that the New 
York City Conncil acts favorably 
upon a measure, which, it was 
learned yesterday, is due to be in- 
troduced for that body's considera- 
tion. Group of proponents com- 
prises several associations operating 
in that area, among which are the 
West End Association, the West of 
Central Park Association, and var- 
ious others interested in the main- 
tenance of real estate "sightliness" 
and values. 

Proponents, which hold that film 
theater marquees are detrimental by 
reason of their size and blatancy, 
point to the fact that the City saw 
fit to reduce the physical height of 
marquees themselves from eight 
feet to two feet, and that the pres- 
ent aim is to eliminate marquees 
altogether, or keep them, at most, 
flush with the facades, or nearly so. 

A fight of major proportions is 
looming on the subject, withh stren- 
uous opposition expected to be pro- 
vided by interests operating film 
theaters. 

Sources close to Wood Dolson Co., 
Inc., prominent West Side realty 
firm, told The Film Daily yester- 
day that redress is being sought 
in the local Supreme Court against 
the Board of Standards and Appeals 
for its having ruled that the mar- 
quee of the Newsreel Theater, 
Broadway at 72nd St., can be four 
feet high, instead of the two feet 
prescribed by a City ordinance 
passed some months ago. 

This action, it is understood, is 
scheduled for hearing on Oct. 11. 
David Solinger, attorney of 149 
Broadway, is acting as counsel for 
Newsreel Theaters, Inc., whose sta- 
tus in the action is one of inter- 
vention. 



Warners Willing to Lend 

Bette Davis to Selznick 



(Continued from Page 1) 

which was contrary to earlier re- 
ports, to Martin Starr in an air in- 
terview over WMCA at the pier. He 
augmented his statement in a trade 
press conversation in which he said 
that Bette Davis appeared to him 
as the only logical actress for the 
role, adding that if the public 
wanted her for the part, Warner 
Bros, would lend her. 

Warner said that the company 
would produce its full commitment 
of 20 British pictures for the 1938- 
39 season and that present plans 
called for the production of 20 for 
the 1939-40 program. 

The company's new theater in 
London opens on Oct. 11 and War- 
ner is arriving on that date to be 
on hand for the premiere. This is 
his annual survey trip and he plans 
to visit the Continent as well as 
England. 

J. Cheever Cowdin, chairman of 
Universal's board, also sailed on 
the Queen Mary. 



cominG rdd Goind 



NATHAN YAMINS, president of Allied, anil 
ABRAM F. MYERS, general counsel and boarij 
chairman, were in New York yesterday. 



COLONEL W. J. DONOVAN, chief j*6* 

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for RKO, returned to New York yesterdat 
Chicago. 

HAROLD HACKETT, vice-president of th(| 

Music Corporation of America, and MRS) 

HACKETT, sail for the Coast tonight on th(| 
City of Baltimore. 

LADISLAS SZUCS, European producer and 
music publisher, arrives in New York next 
Tuesday on the Normandie. 

IRVING BERLIN arrives on the lie de France 
today. JOSEPHINE HUSTON, singer, is alsc 
scheduled to arrive on the French boat. 

JOE WALSH, director, and LARRY O'REILLY, 
cameraman, of RKO Pathe Sportscope crew, 
are in Poughkeepsie. 

ANNE SHIRLEY, RKO actress, and her hus- 
band JOHN PAYNE, actor, have arrived in 
New York. 

CROUCHO and HARPO MARX are expected 
to arrive here over the week-end from Cali-j 
fornia. 

BOBBY BREEN arrived in Louisville, Ky., 
this week for a p.a. 

PAT O'BRIEN, plans a New York vacation 
as soon as he completes his role in Warners' 
"Unfit To Print." 

GEORGE JESSEL arrives in New York tomor- 
row from the Coast. 

JAMES A. FITZPATRICK, TravelTalks produc- 
er, sails for South America today. 

FRANK CAPRA, Columbia director, is stop- 
ping at the Waldorf. He leaves for Wash- 
ington in a few days, accompanied by SIDNEY 
BUCHMAN, who is writing the screenplay of 
his next production. 

RAY MILLAND, Paramount star, and his 
wife, leave the Coast shortly for a European 
vacation. 

GLENDA FARRELL leaves the Coast tomorrow 
for a New York vacation. 

ELSA MAXWELL returns from abroad today 
on the Italian liner, Roma. 




If you want to know 
what to buy and where 
to buy it, then refer to 
the Buying Guide Sec- 
tion of the Recognized 
Standard Reference 
Book of the Motion 
Picture Industry. 

THE FILM YEAR BOOK 

1501 Broadway New York City 

The 1939 Edition now in preparation. 




From Warners . . .For Another Akatraz Exploitation Mop-Up! 



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Friday, October 7, 193; 



DAILY 



CALL 10 EXHIB UNITS 
TO TRADE PARLEYS 



(.Continued from Page 1) 

the parleys, designating any day be- 
ginning Oct. 19 as suitable. 

Those to whom the notices were 
sent included Albert A. Galston, ITO 
of Southern California; S. J. Hy- 
man, West Virginia Managers Assn.; 
Fred J. Dolle, MPTO of Kentucky; 
A. P. Archer, Theater Owners and 
Managers of the Rocky Mountain 
Region; Leo F. Wolcott, Allied 
Theater Owners, Inc., of Iowa; 
Harry Brandt, ITO of New York; 
Guy Matthews, Allied Theaters of 
Oregon, and William F. Crockett, 
MPTO of Virginia. 

Text of the telegraphed invitation 
follows: 

"Sidney R. Kent, chairman, 
through the Committee on 
Trade Practices, extends to your 
organization a cordial invita- 
tion to confer with our commit- 
tee here for the purpose of at- 
tempting to create a method 
whereby trade differences and 
disputes can be adjudicated 
from within the confines of our 
industry and for the further 
purpose of endeavoring to es- 
tablish a bettter and more 
thorough understanding between 
buyer and seller through the 
establishment of recognized 
trade practices. We need and 
require your support and will 
gladly confer with such commit- 
tee as you may appoint on any 
day that you select commencing 
Oct. 19, on which date our con- 
ferences will commence with 
the committees representing 
both MPTOA and Allied thea- 
ters. We urge your attendance 
and will appreciate your early 
acknowledgement, informing us 
the names of the committee au- 
thorized to represent you at 
these conferences. Kindest re- 
gards." 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 7 
Robert Z. Leonard 
Edward Peskay 
Jack Mulhall 
Andy Devine 
Max Ree 

OCTOBER 8 

Rouben Mamoulian 

Finis Fox 

Daniel P. O'Shea 

Edythe Chapman 

OCTOBER 9 

Irving Cummings 
Jeanette Loff 
Dennis J. Shea 
Marjorie Beebe 




▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • THERE IS a definite place in this industry for a producing 

organization that can act as a sort of School of Expression where 

a producer can step out with that idea that he has been nursing for 

years but has had no chance to put it into operation for a director 

to do the things he knows he can do but has never had the free rein 

to do them come to think of it, the history of the industry has been 

a record of individual achievement of men who had ideas and the 

opportunity to express them that spirit of Individual Showmanship 

has been pushing the business ahead keeping it vitalized and 

alive with the surge of free-thinking and free-creation 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • THESE ARE not our thoughts they come from 

the fund of knowledge from the hard knocks and give-and- 
take experiences of a Showman who has been steadily ACHIEV- 
ING for the past 23 years and who today stands before the 

industry with the biggest thing he has ever had a real or- 
ganization that is geared along the policy mentioned above 

we refer to Earle W. Hammons, and his Grand National organ- 
ization 

▼ T T 

• • • AND SO this pioneering showman Hammons visualizes a 
set-up of perhaps a half-dozen independent producers working on their 

own making productions according to their own convictions 

this guarantees to the exhibitor a diversity of product from one organi- 
zation not all from the same mould and if one slips, the 

others can carry the load 

T T ▼ 

• • • TO THE exhibitor E. W. Hammons stands as a 

man whose word has always been sufficient he has never 

tried to hog anything on a deal he knows that pictures must 

be made to sell to the exhib. at a price he can meet made 

to give both the producer and the showman a fair return 

T T ▼ 

• • • MAYBE with this Spirit of Give-and-Take coming back into 
the industry in a concrete way and with the Grand National per- 
sonnel itself all working together with the feeling that they have a 

definite stake in the company's future a new Era of Goodwill 

will hit the motion picture business that was our thought as we 

left the office of Earle Hammons a man without any ballyhoo or 

overstatement in his makeup a man who has stuck to proposi- 
tions when most men would have been willing to call it a day and 

quit so after 23 years he has at last come through with flying 

colors because he believed in the things he was doing, and stuck 

with them till he put them over the industry needs men like this 

a Fighter who fights cleanly and intelligently for the Show- 
man Principles he believes in 

T T T 

• • • LUNCHEON for Independence given by short 

subjects sales chief Norman Moray of Warners who was host 

to the trade press in the private dining room at the home office 
after which the guests viewed a very timely short, "Declara- 
tion of Independence" in Technicolor which highlights the 

manner in which the historic document was brought into being 

by the founding fathers of our country traces the dramatic 

incidents that culminated in the final decision of the Continental 
Congress to charge Thomas Jefferson with the preparation of the 

document and the ride of the delegate from Delaware to 

Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote here is 18 minutes of 

timely patriotic fervor served with a fillip of fine artistry in di- 
rection and acting 




€UJS> 



"Down In Arkansaw' 

with Weaver Brothers and Elviry, 

and Ralph Byrd 

Republic 67 Min 

SWELL HOME FOLKS THEME IN HIL1 
BILLY COUNTRY WITH PLENTY , C 
THRILLS AND COMEDY. f .y 

Comes like a refreshing breeze to yoi 
box-office Down-to-earth folks of tl 
Will Rogers breed, real old-fashionc 
Americans who are presented simply an 
wholesomely without any Hollywood bunl 
There is plenty of action to back up 
story of very human folks. Up in tli 
hillbilly country the government has bee 
trying to get the settlers to move so th< 
a huge dam can be constructed, and th 
mountaineers can be moved to more mod 
ern and inviting homes. But the pow< 
company interests start to gum up th 
movement by turning the hillbillies again! 
the government men, headed by Ralph Byn 
The power crowd cause a premature ex 
plosion that injures several inhabitants, an 
this sets the tide against the governmer 
project. The residents turn down the pla 
to move en masse, and decide to stay an 
fight the government dispossess. Byr 
hits on the ruse of a night club party fc 
the townfolk, to give them a taste of th 
delights of civilization. This interlud 
serves to give the Weaver Brothers an 
Elviry of radio fame a chance to do the 
stuff. Elviry is the life of the party, an 
indeed the life of the production. Sh 
keeps the laughs coming whenever she ap 
pears. There is the love interest an 
rivalry built up with Elviry's daughter (Jun 
Storey) and the hillbilly suitor (Guinn Wil 
liams) and the government agent (Byrd! 
The climax has a showdown fight with th 
power crowd, done in true western styl 
with running gun fights and hand-to-han 
encounters. This one wil! go strong wit 
the rank and file and the home tow 
folks, and also the nabes in the populoi 
centers. Berton Churchill is fine as tli 
local judge. Pinky Tomlin is colorful < 
the stooge for Byrd. But this Elviry corned 
character steals the show. 

CAST: Ralph Byrd, Leon Weaver, Elvir 
Frank Weaver, June Storey, Pinky Tomlii 
Berton Churchill, Guinn Williams, Walti 
Miller, Gertrude Green, Selmer Jacksoi 
Arthur Loft, Ivan Miller, John Dilson, Ala 
Bridge, Karl Hackett. 

CREDITS: Producer, Armand Schaefei 
Director, Nick Grinde; Authors, Dorre 
and Stuart McGowan; Screenplay, Same 
Editor, William Morgan; Cameraman, Erit 
est Miller. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPH1 
Very Good. 



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Fill Para. In 30 Mins. 

Opening at 9 a.m. for the Wee 
nesday holiday show of "If I Wer 
King" and the stage show of Tomm 
Dorsey's orchhestra with Conni 
Boswell, the Broadway Paramour 
was completely filled a half hou 
later, with a line formed when th 
doors opened that stretched dow 
the side street. The total day's al 
tendance was 26,000. 






HI1M1 II 



Friday, October 7, 1938 



DAILY 



4LLIED ACTS OCT. 17 

ON TRADE TALK PLANS 



■» 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ommittee will be named to carry 
n negotiations. 

In a statement issued by Myers 
rJU^w York, it was said that Al- 
ee- was willing "to explore any 
onciliation movements looking to 
he improvement of industry condi- 
tions and to join in them if there is 
i possibility that they may be pro- 
uctive of good. The only condi- 
ion to this is that, in the nature of 
ihe case, we cannot now agree to 
,ny proposals that would not be 
cceptable to the Department of 
"ustice." 

With MPTOA also arranging 
rade practice conferences, it is be- 
ieved that distributors will meet 
vith the two national associations, 
eparately, during the week of Oct. 
7. 

Myers' statement read, in part: 

"Mr. Yamins and I were assured 
>y Mr. Rodgers that the distribu- 
ors' committee stands authorized 
md prepared to treat with a com- 
nittee of Allied in respect of the 
lumerous proposals which Allied has 
vdvanced from time to time, in- 
luding all of those summarized in 
Ihe address which I made before the 
TO of Ohio last year. 

"Indeed, we were assured that 
^he scope of the discussions would 
pe as broad as the problems involved 
n the sale and distribution of film 
md would not be limited to the pro- 
gram of any particular exhibitor 
>roup. Mr. Yamins and I have 
deemed it necessary to make this 
bxplanation to overcome the pos- 
sible bad effects of premature pub- 
licity calculated to create the im- 
pression that the movement grew 
but of the activities of any particu- 
lar group or was initiated as bally- 
hoo for a particular national con- 
vention." 

In regard to the proposed ses- 
sions with the distributors' commit- 
tee, Myers stated that "in order to 
iavoid the difficulties heretofore en- 
countered when Allied had attempt- 
ed such negotiations in company 
with the representatives of affil- 
iated theaters, it is proposed that 
our negotiations be conducted sep- 
arate and apart from those with any 
other group." 



Cartoon Series Boosts Interest in Movie Quiz 

Series of 14 cartoons, by prominent artists, has been prepared at headquarters of 
Motion Pictures' Greatest Year and is being sent to publicity heads of promotional 
committees in more than 150 cities for planting on editorial pages of newspapers 
throughout the country. Cartoons convey the message of the campaign humorously, 
and play largely on idea of the Movie Quiz craze sweeping the country. 

Typical of the series is the one representing a woman returning home from the 
movies, with a quiz booklet in her hand, and a blissful look on her face. Yells irate 
husband: "A quarter of a million in prizes, and all you can remember is that Tyrone 
Power is in it." 



Loew Stockholders Suit 

Goes To Trial in Nov. 



Lomba Defers Departure 

for S. America Till '39 



Scheduled trip of E. F. Lomba, 
assistant director of foreign distri- 
bution for 20th-Fox, to the com- 
pany's Central and South American 
branches, has been postponed until 
after the first of the year by press 
of administrative business at the 
home office, it was learned yester- 
day. Walter J. Hutchinson, director 
of foreign distribution, sailed this 
week from Brazil for South Africa 
after an extensive tour of 20th- 
Fox branches in this territory. 



(.Continued from Page 1) 

yesterday. Case has gone on the 
calendar. 

Taking of depositions, preliminary 
to the trial, is expected to be fin- 
ished by Nov. 1. J. Robert Rubin, 
Loew's vice-president nad general 
counsel, gave his final testimony 
yesterday, and Isidor Frey, assis- 
tant secretary, will appear for ex- 
amination by Emil K. Ellis, counsel 
for plaintiffs, on Monday. 

Two of the stockholders repre- 
sented in the consolidated action 
have, on counsel's advice, joined with 
a third to file a suit in the Court 
of Chancery at Wilmington, Del., 
against Loew's. Action, brought by 
Edgar F. Stiner, Hannah W. Gold- 
stein and Louis Susman, attacks the 
contracts as proving - for "ex- 
cessive" compensation. 

Bill asks an accounting from the 
executive defendants, cancellation of 
contracts, an injunction against con- 
tinued payments under the con- 
tracts, and a decree awarding dam- 
ages to Loew's against various of 
defendants. 

Chancellor Josiah Wolcott at Wil- 
mington named Albert L. Massey 
as sequestrator to sequester 1,000 
shares of stock each of Louis B. 
Mayer and Nicholas M. Schenck, 
and 500 shares each of Arthur M. 
Loew and Irving Thalberg estate 
executors to insure their appearance 
in the suit. The defendants are to 
appear by Nov. 12. 

Contracts, according to complain- 
ants, "defraud the corporation and 
the stockholders" and "illegally dis- 
sipate the profits," and "are, in ef- 
fect and substance, a spoliation, a 
gift, and waste of the corporate as- 
sets and property." 



Agnew Lists Winners in 
"Para, on Parade" Contest 



HICKS HEADS PARA. 
PRODUCTION IN ENG. 



Loew's to Operate Criterion; 
Acquires Moss' 50% Interest 

(Continued from Page 1) 

and the lease contains an option 
clause for an additional 21 years. 

Addition of the 2,000-seater gives 
Loew's a sixth house in the sector, 
others being the State, Mayfair, 
83rd St., Rio, and 175th St. 



Clark Going to Coast 

William J. Clark, short subjects 
sales manager for 20th-Fox, leaves 
for the Coast this week-end to ac- 
company his wife and children on 
the first lap of a trip they are mak- 
ing to New Zealand. Mrs. Clark's 
family live in N. Z. He will return 
East after they sail on the Mon- 
terey next Wednesday. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

compete with the domestic victors 
for the International Plaque. 

In the domestic contest, entries 
were divided into five divisions, ac- 
cording to populations of the vari- 
ous cities. The following managers 
were the winners: 

Class A (more than 250,000 popu- 
lation) : First, $500, Charles B. Tay- 
lor, of Shea's Buffalo Theater, Buf- 
falo; Second, $250, John Hardgrove, 
Loew's Broad Theater, Columbus; 
Third, $150, Ray Bell, Loew's Capi- 
tol Theater, Washington; Fourth, 
$100, John H. Echols, Denham Thea- 
ter Denver. 

Class B (i.00,000 to 250,000 popula- 
tion): First, $500, S. P. Dean, Rial- 
to Theater Tacoma; Second, $250, 
Roscoe Drissel Loew's State Thea- 
ter, Norfolk; Third, $150, Allen 
Sparrow, Loew's Richmond Theater, 
Richmond. 

Class C (15,000 to 100,000 popu- 
lation): First, $500, Jerry Greene- 
baum, Rialto Theater, Clinton, la.; 
Second, $250, Bob Fulton Paramount 
Theater, Waterloo, la.; Third, $150, 
"Doc" Elliott, Ohio Theater in Lima, 
O.; Fourth, $100, Frank W. Miller, 
Metropolitan Theater in Morgan- 
town, W. Va. 

Class D (less than 15,000): First, 
$500, Harold Armistead, Lyric The- 
ater, Easley, S. C; Second, $250, 
Carter H. English, Majestic Thea- 
ter, Centerville, la.; Third, $150, J. 
R. McKinlay, New Grand Theater, 
International Falls, Minn.; Fourth, 
$100, L. A. Maher, Roxy Theater, 
Medicine Hat, Alberta. 

Special Prizes were awarded for 
the two best campaigns presented 
by managers in nabes and subse- 
quents. First prize of $500 went 
to Samuel A. Coolick, Loew's Tri- 
boro Theater, Long Island City, and 
second prize of $250 to R. J. Stum- 
bo, Hollywood Theater, Salem, Ore. 

In the foreign field, the judges, 
John W. Hicks, vice-president in 
charge of Paramount's foreign dis- 
tribution, George Weltner, his as- 
sistant, and Albert Deane, director 
of foreign advertising and publicity, 
awarded first prize of $500 to J. 
Castro Ramos, of the Cine Plaza of 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Second prize, 
$250, was won by L. Durban-Long 
of the Capitol Cinema at Bolton, 
Lancashire, England. 

Certificates of merit were award- 
ed to the following: Grand Theater, 
Shanghai, China; Benten Za, Osaka, 
Japan; Prince Edward Theater, Syd- 
ney, Australia; Capitol Theater, 
Manila, Philippine Islands, and the 
Regent Theater, Palmerstown, New 
Zealand. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

resignation of John Cecil Graham, 
who has been Paramount's top ex- 
ecutive in England since 1919. Gra- 
ham announced his withdrawal from 
the company on Monday. 

Hicks has been with Paramount 
since 1919 when he became branch 
manager in Minneapolis. 



Monogram Sales Up 43% 
W. Ray Johnston Discloses 

(Continued from Page 1) 

is expected to reach its announced 
$6,345,000 sales quota. 

Budgets will immediately be 
titled, according to Johnston, on a 
group of pictures scheduled for pro- 
duction in the near future, with 
negative cost on these features the 
largest in Monogram's history. 
Jackie Cooper's starring vehicle 
"Gangster's Boy" is the first of 
these productions to benefit by in- 
creased appropriations although the 
recently completed Boris Karloff 
starrer "Mr. Wong, Detective" is 
understood to have established a 
new high for the company. 

Karloff has been signed for a 
minimum of three more features 
written around Hugh Wiley's Chi- 
nese sleuth, James Lee Wong, and 
from a cost angle will be among 
the most expensive on the company's 
schedule. 

Appropriations have been raised 
on the two series of Monogram 
westerns starring Tex Ritter and 
Jack Randall. Monogram will give 
both heavy ad campaigns. 



Grand National's First 

Release Goes Out Oct. 14 



(Continued from Page 1) 

as tentatively arranged for an- 
nouncement to the New York sales 
meeting this week-end, calls for a 
feature picture each week there- 
after. In addition will be the West- 
erns and the short subjects from 
Educational. 

"Shadows Over Shanghai," a Fine 
Arts production, goes out first. Pro- 
ductions to follow shortly will in- 
clude "Frontier Scout," also from 
Fine Arts, and "Titans of the Deep," 
produced by Otis Barton. 

Second sales meeting of the new 
organization, with branch managers 
present from the East and South, 
will open tomorrow morning at the 
St. Moritz Hotel. The two-day ses- 
sion will be presided over by Earle 
W. Hammons, president, and Ed- 
ward L. Alperson, general manager 
of distribution. J. H. Skirball, vice- 
president in charge of production, 
is on his way from the Coast to 
attend the meetings. 



THE FILM DAILY 



Friday, October 7, 193!; 



THEATERS 

• SEATING 

• AIR CONDITIONING 

• LIGHTING 



EQUIB 

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NARDELL INTRODUCES 
RAPID CHANGE DEVICE 



A new device for facilitating 
close-up and long-shot rapid changes 
in motion picture photography is 
announced by Patrick Nardell of 
1806 McGraw Ave. The inventor 
claims it permits the use of long 
and short focus lenses with virtu- 
ally immediate selectivity for 
change, allowing slow or fast dis- 
solves and various angles of slow 
and fast wipes from long-shot to 
close-up or vice versa. 

Nardell's device is adapted to an 
Akeley silent camera, with sepa- 
rate finder lens of corresponding 
focal length, adjusted to move in 
unison with the dissolve mechanism, 
and providing a finder image of the 
exact photographic field. 

This Akeley has a two-inch and 
six-inch lens and corresponding find- 
er lens. Any lens of different focal 
length can be mounted with aligned 
corresponding finder lens. The inven- 
tor claims this device is particularly 
valuable for newsreel shots and 
photographing sporting and similar 
events, where it is desirable to be 
able to make a smooth and rapid 
change from the entire field of play 
to center upon a particular part 
where action has moved. 

For example at a football game, 
shooting at infinity where the long- 
shot lens will cover a greater por- 
tion of the field. The scene taken 
would be of the two teams ready 
for the kick off. After the kickoff, 
the scene would then merge to cen- 
ter of action and immediately the 
close-up lens would be brought into 
shooting position on that particular 
spot, enabling the camera man to 
obtain a much desired close-up of a 
fumble tackle, or many other event- 
ful plays. In many scenes the most 
interesting parts of action have 
been lost because of the difficulty in 
obtaining a close-up instantly and 
especially showing the same play 
in sequence. 

The model was built and installed 
by the National Cine Laboratory of 
New York City. 






FOREST 



MAGNESIUM-COPPER SULPHIDE 

RECTIFIERS 



M-G-M Air-Cooled 

Detroit — First air conditioned film ex- 
change in Detroit went into operation 
when M-G-M completed a new installa- 
tion. Twenty-ton capacity Westinghouse 
Freon compressor was installed by 
Mechanical Heat and Cold, Inc., similar 
to the jobs the same firm has been 
installing in the Adams and Westown 
Theaters. Two-zone system is being 
used. Vaults and inspection rooms are 
included. 



Quincy Theater to Have 
Curved Ceiling and Walls 

Quincy, 111. — J. M. Ennis will 
build a 500-seat film theater at 8th 
and State Sts., making the first 
house in that part of the city. 
George Behrensmeyer is architect. 
Black terra c o 1 1 a and glass 
brick will be used on the front. 
Ceiling and walls will be curved and 
heavily steel framed and padded 
seats will be installed. A special de- 
signed projection booth will be an- 
other unique feature of the house, 
which will be ready by December. 



New Sonotone Folders 

Communication Division of Sono- 
tone Corp. has just issued three new 
folders announcing the latest sys- 
tems being manufactured by the 
company for inter-office communica- 
tion. Systems of various sizes and 
extent, for use in film theaters, stu- 
dios, and general executive office 
set-ups are illustrated, and their 
mechanics and advantages discussed. 



Algoma Names Antonville 

Chicago — S. A. Antonville has 
been named sales promotion mana- 
ger of the Algoma Plywood & 
Veneer Co., succeeding J. R. Fitz- 
patrick. The company is making a 
drive for the use of Carstenite by 
the theater owners. 



Schroeder Takes Over NSC 

Detroit — National Sound Co. has 
been taken over by Raymond 
Schroeder, who has been connected 
with the company for some time. 
Headquarters will remain at 14018 
Woodward Ave., Highland Park. 



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Mogull's Bargaingrams 

Sent 125,000 Customers 



What is characterized by Julius 
Klausner, Jr., advertising manager 
of Mogull Bros., Inc., as the largest 
circularization of a mailing piece 
that has ever taken place in the 
amateur and professional photo- 
graphic and cinema industry has 
been completed this month with 
125,000 copies of the company's 
Bargaingram going to the public. 

The Bargaingram lists approxi- 
mately 1,500 items dealing with 
movie and photo supplies, ranging 
from small parts to entire sound-on- 
film cameras and projectors of the 
8 and 16 mm. type. Also included 
in the folder are film subjects for 
projection, dark room accessories 
and motion picture titles. 



Modernized by Midwest 

Chicago — The Midwest Theater 
Supply Co. reports the completion 
of a complete modernization pro- 
gram for Harry Lorch's East Side 
theater, which includes stainless 
steel and porcelain box-office, Mo- 
hawk carpets, new directors' offices 
and a new type of sheet rubber floor 
covering. 



Forms Super Neon Co. 

Detroit — Super Neon Co. has been 
formed by Joseph J. Habib to en- 
gage in installation and servicing of 
Neon equipment. Habib plans to 
expand his business in theater in- 
stallations. Headquarters are at 
11705 St. Louis St. 



Lennartz Joins Stanley 

Chicago — Bill Lennartz, chief en- 
gineer formerly with the U. S. Air 
Conditioning Corp., has joined the 
Stanley Theater Supply Co., which 
has the Illinois and Indiana agen- 
cy. 



B-K Houses Get New Sound 

Chicago — RCA has installed lat- 
est sound equipment in the Chicago, 
the Granada and Harding houses of 
the B & K circuit. Eddie Klein was 
in charge of the installation. 



Charles Ross, Inc. 

Formerly Motion Picture Lighting and 
Equipment Corp. 

We Furnish 

Electrical Lighting and Lighting 
Equipment of Any Kind 



244-250 West 49th Street 



New York City 



Tel. Circle 6-5470-1 



■ THE ARf 3-& 

For the Ex, 

By G 

Equipment 

REPORTS from many secrior 
the country indicate that | 
circuits and independent exhit 
are recognizing the feasibility i 
light of better national condi 
and contributing favorable fac 
of effectuating long-needed 
provements to their theaters, | E 
in numerous instances, expati 
their holdings via either the 
quisition of existing houses 
senting the opportunity for pr 
able operation, or the construi 
of new units. 

On the premise that a new h 
is to be built, or an existing 
ater to be modernized, what 
some of the vital considerations |g 
the showman to bear in mind? S 
these considerations have < 
answer in the theater architect, 
question was directed this weel 
John Eberson, planner and desi; 
of many of the important ho 
in various exhibition territories, 

Eberson, in discussing the fac 
problem, declares that it is no 
important to have a splashy g 
or metal front as it is to hav 
practical one, both from the sta 
point of arrangement and the pre 
proportions. There should be | 
visions for advertising matter 
pressed in simple readability 
fitting into a color scheme whic 
outstanding during the dayli 
hours as well as at night. At lati e 
time it can be punched-up prop 
via effective, economical lighting 



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IT further is not so import* 
Eberson states, to have an el 
orate auditorium executed in 
quintessence of architectural kno 
edge. However, it is important 
have the auditorium designed i 
treated to give exceptional opti 
and oral comfort. 

It is not so important, either, 
set aside space for multiple w< 
ing rooms and lounges, but it 



Complete Decorating and Drapei ] 

Murals — Draperies — Stage Curtains ] 

Specialists m Creation of Smart Inicri'] 



NOVELTY SCENIC STUDIOS, if 

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J! riday, October 7, 1938 



THE FILM DAILY 



WENT 



STUDIOS 

• FURNISHINGS 
• CARPETING 
• SUPPLIES 



SUGGESTS a 

jisideration 

RIS 

ILM DAILY 

iranr to devote all space pos- 

a practical and roomy start- 
pace, intelligently subdivided 
oldout rails to permit an even 
)f patrons, and, at the same 
•providing correct corrals for 
who have to wait for seats. 

best efforts of architects 
"signers should be challenged, 
rs, in the design of elaborate 
g rooms, a feature which can 
tually sold at the box-office. 
Eberson's opinion, it is not 
;ary to order, buy and install 
ttmas color scheme" lighting 
;s to impress the public, be- 
the lighting of the modern 
i picture house has become an 
ering problem, and not a dec- 
; one, as once was the case. 

w MGS to think about,— all of 

lich are vital in lighting, — are 

ront; then provision of bril- 

for the lobby; a foyer that is 

and friendly, avoiding the 

1 gloom by making a small but 
nd-paying investment via the 
F copper fixtures and the ex- 
;ance of over-powerful bulks 

eat up wattage; simple and 
ific auditorium lighting; safe 
ig of stairs and passages; the 
ng of the best illumination to 
patrons direction in the aisles 
void accidents. 

! front of the auditorium, 
bn contends, must be blanked- 
,|f i black, to give the screen the 
positive black-and-white ef- 
and to obviate interference 
the enjoyment of films pre- 
J in color. 

is not always necessary, he 
to cool and chill the air of an 
>rium, unless the house is lo- 
in the semi-tropical terri- 
for an abundance of fresh 
requently replaced and moving 
» ut draught or concentration, 
; best method of air condi- 
gn 



MODERN FACILITIES FOR 

)JECTION — AUDITIONS 

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3 Detroit Installations 

by American Refrigeration 

Detroit — Installations were re- 
cently completed of air conditioning 
systems in three of the leading nabe 
theaters of the city, by the Ameri- 
can Refrigeration Co. 

A Freon expansion cooling system 
was installed in the Alger Theater, 
with two Worthington compressors 
having a combined capacity of about 
75 tons refrigeration. The same 
type system was installed in the 
Dexter Theater, of the Sam Brown 
Circuit. A 55-ton Freon expansion 
cooling system, using the same type 
compressor, was installed, augment- 
ing the original 16 tons machine. 

At the Norwest, West Side house 
of United Detroit Theaters, a Freon 
expansion cooling system was in- 
stalled with two 50-ton compressors. 



First Theater for Kenmore 

Boston — The Kenmore district 
will soon have its first pix house. 
The Morse & Rothenberg Circuit 
have obtained a permit and plans 
have already been drawn for a Ken- 
more Theater on Beacon St. The 
building at present is known as 
Kenmore Gardens and is used as a 
roller skating rink. Plans call for 
a seating capacity of 600. 



New Developing Machinery 

Detroit — New automatic develop- 
ing machinery and air conditioning 
equipment in Detroit Film Labora- 
tories has been installed by Engi- 
neering Specialties Co. The plant 
has a capacity of 100,000 feet of 
film a day on three shifts. 



Garver To Build Fourth 

Terre Haute, Ind. — Ross Garver, 
operator of the Orpheum, Virginia 
and Swan Theater's here, is contem- 
plating a fourth house with seating 
capacity of 600 seats. 



Wilby-Kincey Plan House 

Anderson, S. C— The Wilby-Kin- 
cey Management Corp. is planning 
the construction of a new film 
house here. 



SPECIAL 
BANNERS 

For MOVIE QUIZ, 
GREATEST SHOW SEA- 
SON now ready. Lowest 
prices — newest designs. 

Ask for free catalogue, 

LIBERMAN FLAG & VALANCE CO. 

247 W. 46th St. New York City 



Village Plans House 

Montfort, Wis. — Electors have voted 
to bond the village for the construction 
of a $50,000 municipal building to in- 
clude a 250-seat theater. 



Chicago Sound Systems 

Invading Oregon Field 



Portland, Ore. — Expansion of the 
Chicago Sound Systems into the 
Oregon territory is announced by 
D. A. Deverell and C. E. Vogelsang, 
who have taken quarters at 410 SW 
9th Avenue. Portland is the first 
branch to be opened west of Chi- 
cago. 



RCA Managers Switched 

Detroit — H. T. Stockholm, for- 
merly district manager for the De- 
troit territory of RCA, has been 
transferred to the Cleveland offices. 
A. G. Kemp, of the Cleveland offices, 
has been transferred to Detroit, and 
with S. J. Combs will have charge 
of the Detroit offices of the com- 
pany. Photophone work in the ter- 
ritory will be in charge of J. A. 
Coleman and R. J. Sederstrom. 



DURAWOOD FOR USE 

IN HOUSE INTERIORS 



Durawood, an entirely new mate- 
rial applicable to film theater in- 
teriors, has been developed recently 
by Westinghouse Electric & Manu- 
facturing Co. and is ready for mar- 
keting, according to an announce- 
ment by that organization's East 
Pittsburgh headquarters. 

Available in popular wood de- 
signs, — mahogany, oak, walnut and 
pine, — the material combines Mi- 
carta and natural woods, and is 
tough, long-wearing and possesses 
the durability and hardness of Mi- 
carta and the varied beauty of gen- 
uine wood. It is not an imitation, 
but the natural wood itself is im- 
pregnated and treated so that its 
glass-like surface is impervious to 
liquids of all kinds, yet it will not 
chip, break or crack. Non-warping, 
it comes in sheets 48 inches by 96 
inches and can be cut with any ordi- 
nary carpenter's saw to any desired 
specification. 




"STRAIGHT, PLACE AND SHOW" 

Specify Alexander Smith Carpet and you'll be sure 
to have picked a winner. Repeated tests have proved 
the amazing endurance of this good looking, friendly- 
to-the-budget theatre carpet. Which is why you 
find it in most of the country's successful theatres. 

ALEXANDER SMITH CARPET 



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THEATER CHANGES 



Theater C9osings-Openings-Ncw Monses-Ilenovations-Ownership Changes 



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Theater Closings 

IOWA 

Storm Lake — Empire (9-27-38), 
Owner: George R. Norman; Moving 
to new theater. 

KENTUCKY 

Fullerton— Metro (7-15-38), Own- 
er: J. E. Hannah; Attached by prop- 
erty owner. 

OHIO 

Mansfield— Ritz (9-24-38), Own- 
er: Sol Bernstein; Dismantled. 



TEXAS 

Brenham— Simon (9-18-38), Own- 
er: W. A. Stuckert; House Manager: 
W. A. Stuckert. 



New Theater 
Openings 



Theater Openings 



CALIFORNIA 

Roseville — Roxy, 500 seats (9-29- 
38), Owner: Roseville Theaters, 
Inc.; House Manager: Norman Ax- 
tel. 

MICHIGAN 

Ramsay— Victor, 290 seats (9-23- 
38), (formerly Rex Theater), Own- 
er: Victor Fink & Ed Copp; Previ- 
ously closed September, 1931. 

NEW JERSEY 

Princeton — Arcade, 652 seats (9- 
19-38), Owner: Struve; House Man- 
ager: F. Struve; Previously closed 
6-23-38. 

OHIO 

Portsmouth— Westland (9-24-38), 
Owner: Ward & Elliott; Previously 
closed about last of May. 
OREGON 

Hoon River — Cascadian, 300 seats 
(9-12-38), Owner: Art Kolstad; 
House Manager: H. Webber; Pre- 
viously closed Summer months. 
PENNSYLVANIA 

Simpson — Neutral, 246 seats (9- 
4-38), Owner: John Terhonich; 
House Manager: John Banko; Pre- 
viously closed November, 1937. 

Allentown — Cameo, 700 seats (9- 
24-38), Owner: Joe Rossheim. 

Beaverdale — Rivoli, 500 seats (9- 
18-38), Owner: R. Allison; Previ- 
ously closed 4-15-38. 



IOWA 

Storm Lake — Vista, 600 seats (9- 
30-38), Builder: George R. Norman; 
Cost: $40,000; House Manager: 
George R. Norman. 

KENTUCKY 

Praise— Elkhorn, 306 seats (9-15- 
38), Elkhorn City; Cost: $10,000 to 
$15,000; House Manager: A. D. 
Jackson. 

MONTANA 

St. Ignatius — Mission, transferred 
to Yellowstone Amusement Co. by 
Oscar C. Paisley; House Manager: 
R. R. Taylor. 

NEBRASKA 

Greeley — Idle Hour, transferred 
to Ray Warner; House Manager: 
Ray Warner. 

Hebron — Majestic, transferred to 
A. H. Record by Oscar Hansen; 
House Manager: A. H. Record. 

NEW JERSEY 

Lakewood — Strand, transferred to 
Dr. Brown by Brill Circuit; House 
Manager: Barney Ferber. 

NEW YORK 

Narrowsburg — State (formerly 
Community), transferred to Harden 
Theaters by Narrowsburg Fire De- 
partment. 

OHIO 

Oxford — Miami Western (9-23- 
38), Main St.; House Manager: John 
Otis. 

OREGON 

Portland — Esquire, 496 seats (8-26- 
38), 23rd and Kearny; Builder: C. 
W. White; Architect: D. W. Hil- 
born; Cost: $15,000; Operator: How- 
land B. Lloyd. 



PENNSYLVANIA 

Berwick — Strand, transferred to 
Comerford Interests by Harry 
Amusements, Inc.; House Manager: 
Harry Chambers. 

WEST VIRGINIA 

Charleston — Lyric, transferred to 
Freeman & Newbolt. 



Theaters Planned 



Theaters Under 
Construction 



GEORGIA 

Mason — New, 750 seats, Third 
St.; Builder: Fred G. Weis; Archi- 
tect: Dunwody; To be completed 
about 10-15-38. 

OHIO 

Mansfield— New Ritze, 1,000 seats, 
N. Main St.; Builder: Rex Zediker; 
Architect: Silbert Smith; Cost: $55,- 
000; Operator: Sol Bernstein; To be 
completed 10-18-38. 

WISCONSIN 

Wisconsin Rapids — Wisconsin, 825 
seats; 233 West Grand; Builder: 
Greenberg Construction Co.; Archi- 
tect: Haugen & Henderson; Cost: 
$100,000; Operator: Eckardts; Tq 
be completed 11-27-38. 



Renovations 
Planned 



OHIO 

Defiance — Valentine; Work Plan- 
ned: Installation of new strong high 
intensity projectors; Owner: Mailers 
Bros.; To be completed as soon as 
possible. 

Defiance — Strand; Work Planned: 
Installation of latest type RCA 
Magic Voice Sound equipment; To 
be completed as soon as possible. 
UTAH 

Price — Utah (formerly Lyric); 
Work Planned: New marquee, ven- 
tilating system, etc.; Owner: Nick 
Salevurakis. 



GEORGIA 

Augusta — Cherokee; Dean Bridge 
Road; Builder: Zocheny; Operator: 
Zocheny & Whittle. 
IOWA 

Osage — New, 650 seats; Osage; 
Builder: Ed Mason; Operator: Efl 
Mason. 

NORTH CAROLINA 

Kannapolis — New, 700 seats, near 1 
Midway; Builder: Cannon Mills; 
Cost: $75,000; Operator: Cannon 
Mills. 



Change in 
Ownership 



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ITC 



IDAHO 

Priest River — Roxy (formerly 
Rex), transferred to M. W. Bennett 
by J. B. Gardner; House Manager:! 
Bennett. 

IOWA 

Iowa City — Pastime, transferred 
to Ray Lumsdon by Albert C. Dun- 
kel; House Manager: Ray Lums- 
don. 

MARYLAND 

Easton — Avalon, transferred to 
Schine Circuit by Federalsburg 
Amusement Co.; House Manager: 
Roger Christopher. 

Federalsburg — Federal, transfer- 
red to Schine Circuit by Federals- 
burg Amusement Co.; House Mana- 
ger: J. Russell Payne. 

MICHIGAN 

Morenci — Rex, transferred to D. 
L. McLean by Chas. Kingsbury; 
House Manager: D. L. McLean. 
NEBRASKA 

Laurel — Laurel, transferred to G. 
W. Miller by George Sulz; House 
Manager: Miller. 

OHIO 

Harrison — Mystic, transferred to 
John Vlachos; House Manager: 
Vlachos. 



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Ascap Crew Investigating 
Ascap Music Used in La. 

New Orleans — An Ascap investi- 
gating crew of five, headed by R. J. 
Powers, will shortly start surveying- 
Louisiana to check the amount of 
music composed by Ascap members 
that is used in the state and to stand- 
ardize the rates. The investigators 
are just completing such a survey 
in Mississippi. 



Szucs Coming With Mss. 

Ladislaus Szucs, prominent in the 
motion picture and music publish- 
ing fields in Austria and Germany 
until political activity halted his 
career, arrives in New York on the 
Normandie Oct. 12. He is bringing 
a number of dramas, stories and 
musical compositions in which he 
hopes to interest American produc- 
ers. 



Two Mono. Pix on Bill 

Detroit — Monogram booked both 
units of the bill opening today 
at the first-run Adams Theater — 
world premiere of the first of the 
new Karloff series, "Mr. Wong the 
Detective," and return engagement 
of the first Mickey Rooney starring 
film, "Hoosier Schoolboy." 

Miller Moves to Buffalo 

Syracuse — Joe Miller, Columbia's 
Buffalo branch manager, has moved 
his family to Buffalo. 



Movie Week in Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh — This city, starting to- 
day, will observe "Motion Picture 
Week." Movement was sponsored 
by Harry Kalmine, head of the 
Warner theaters in this district; 
John H. Harris, head of the Harris 
Amusement Co., and Charles Kurtz- 
man, manager of Loew's Penn The- 
ater, and was endorsed by Mayor 
Cornelius D. Scully. 



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NEW YORK, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1938 



TEN CENTS 



i*pitz and Rodgers Will be MPTOA Convention Speakers 

CHAEFER RESIGNSTMAY BE RKO PREXY 

IfOA Accepts Trade Reform Parley Bid, Pledges Co-op 



opeful That Constructive 
Measures Will Result, 
Declares Brandt 

ITOA co-operation in the pending 
ide practice parleys in New York 
.s pledged over the week-end when 
irry Brandt, president, stated that 
5 organization "welcomed the op- 
rtunity to prove that the motion 
:ture industry can regulate itself." 
"We are hopeful," Brandt said, 
lat the conferences will result in 
nstructive measures so that the 
ssibility of legislation, or the 
cessity for it, will be eliminated." 
Eight regional exhibitor associa- 

(Continued on Page 12) 

IIGH. REPORTED COOL 
TO DIVORCE STATUTE 



Detroit — While state legislation is 
pected to occupy a prominent place 
the program of Allied Theaters 
Michigan convention, opening at 
e Morton Hotel, Grand Rapids, to- 
orrow, it is reported here that 
ere is little support for a theater 
TOrcement measure. 
Among subjects slated for con- 

(Continued on Page 9) 

odgers at New Orleans 
for Managerial Meeting 

New Orleans — Headed by William 
Rodgers, general sales manager, 
-G-M held a southern-southwestern 
anager and exploitation men's 
eeting here Saturday and yester- 
ly. With Rodgers were Tom Con- 

{Continued on Page 6) 

oss Federal Promotes 

Brown, Anderson, Lund 



Ross Federal Service, Inc., over 
e week-end announced enlarge- 
ent of its territories and pro-, 
otions from district managers to 
Kecutive supervisors of Walter I. 

{Continued on Page 6) 



THE WEEK IN 
REVIEW 

Trade Reform Parleys Set 



■ By GEORGE H. MORRIS- 



DOMESTIC 

Long awaited conferences, out of 
which are expected to come decisive 
adjustments in film trade practices, 
will get under way in New York 
this month, it was declared at mid- 
week by Ed Kuykendall, MPTOA 
prexy, who revealed that prelim 
huddles had been held recently be- 
tween organization's exec, commit- 
tee and various major distribs. On 
Thursday, confirmation of the Kuy- 
kendall announcement bobbed up in 
the dispatch of invitations to eight 
exhib. bodies by W. F. Rodgers, 
M-G-M sales manager, representing 
distribs' negotiating committee. Al- 
lied's board will be called to meet 
in New York Oct. 17 to consider 

{Continued on Page 12) 

Local 702-Du Art Reach 
Agreement; Picketing Stops 

Settlement of the lengthy strike 
at Du Art Laboratory by Local 702, 
lab. workers union, was effected last 
Friday when Richard Walsh, IATSE 
vice-president, acting as arbitrator, 

{Continued on Page 12) 



RKO Prexy, Metro's Sales Head Will 
Speak at MPTOA Okla. City Meet 



UA Board Accepts Withdrawal With Regret, Praises 

Loyalty — Reported Choice of Rockefeller 

Interests for RKO Post 

George J. Schaefer, United Artists vice-president and general 
manager of distribution in the U. S. and Canada, announced his 
resignation, effective immediately, late Friday afternoon. 

Schaefer signed the resignation at 
5:10 p.m., submitting copies both to 
Maurice Silverstone, UA general 
manager i n 
charge of 
world affairs, 
and Edward 
C. Raftery, 
assistant sec- 
retary, while 
the c o m- 
pany's direc- 
torate was 
in session. 

It was 
stated on 
S e h a efer's 
behalf that 
he will short- 
ly announce 

his future plans. Persistent reports 
have placed Schaefer's next affilia- 
tion as RKO, and in this connection 
the company's presidency has been 
mentioned. Leo Spitz, now holding 
that office, is represented as desir- 
ous of returning to his Chicago law 
practice upon the reorganization of 
RKO, reported due by Oct. 27. 

Schaefer, whose UA contract did 

{Continued on Page 12) 



NO BRIT. FINANCES 
SOUGHT IN GN DEAL 

Reported deal whereby British 
money would be put into the new 
Grand National setup is apparent- 
ly cold. The company is being fin- 
anced entirely by American money 
and none is being sought from 
abroad, it was learned over the 
week-end. It was also said that the 
reorganized company has all the 
money it needs. 

E. W. Hammons, president, and 

{Continued on Page 9) 

GN's Eastern Sales Reps. 

Confer on Sales Policies 



Grand National's Eastern sales 
representatives met at the Hotel St. 
Moritz over the week-end for con- 
ferences on selling plans and policies. 
Delegates were addressed by E. W. 

{Continued on Page 9) 



U. S. Film Interests Mark 

Time in Italian Dispute 

Failure of expected definite devel- 
opments to emerge last week in the 
matter of the U. S. film position in 
Italy, was described over the week- 
end as "purposeful" on the part of 
the representative of American inter- 
ests entrusted with the task of gain- 

{Continued on Page 12) 



Leo Spitz, president of RKO, and 
W. F. Rodgers, M-G-M general sales 
manager, will be two of the prin- 
cipal speakers at the MPTOA con- 
vention in Oklahoma City, Ed Kuy- 
kendall, president, stated before 
leaving New York over the week- 
end. Spitz and Rodgers, both mem- 
bers of the Distributor Committee 
on Trade Practices, are among the 
first to accept invitations. Others 

(Continued on Page 6) 




GEORGE J. SCHAEFER 



EQUITY SUIT TRIAL 
IN DEC, U. S. PLAN? 



Washington Bureau of the FILM DAILY 

Washington — It is the present in- 
tention of the Department of Jus- 
tice to press the New York equity 
suit for trial in early December, it 
was reported over the week-end. 

It is anticipated that the greater 
part of November will be consumed 
with advance-trial legal maneuver- 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Monday, October 10, 19: 




Vol. 74, No. 79 Mon., Oct. 10, 1938 10 Cents 



JOHN W. ALICOATE 



Publisher 



DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 



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(QUOTATIONS AS OF FRIDAY) 
NEW YORK STOCK MARKET 

Net 
High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 20 19% \9% — i/ 4 

Columbia Picts. vtc. 15 1|5 15 

Columbia Picts. pfd 

Con. Fm. Ind 1% 1% 1% 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd.. 83/4 83/4 83,4 

East. Kodak 179'/ 4 178l/ 2 179 — '/ 2 

do pfd 171 168 171 +5 

Gen. Th. Eq 15% 15% 15% + Vs 

Loew's, Inc 54 53y 4 53 Vi 

do pfd 

Paramount 12'/ 4 11% 12 

Paramount 1st pfd... 95Vi 95 95 

Paramount 2nd pfd.. 12% 11% 11% — 14 

Pathe Film 103/ 8 9% 10 

RKO 23,4 2'/ 2 25/ 8 + % 

20th Century-Fox . 26% 26'/ 2 26% + % 

20th Century-Fox pfd 

Univ. Pict. pfd 45 43 45 + 2'/ 2 

Warner Bros 7% 7 7 

do pfd 36% 353/ 4 353/ 4 + i/ 4 



NEW YORK BOND MARKET 



Keith A-0 6s46... 93 

Loew 6s41 ww 102 

Para. B'way 3s55 

Para. Picts. 6s5J 96 

Para. Picts. cv. 3 '/ 4 s47 83 

RKO 6s41 74 

Warner's 6s39 81 



93 
102 



93 
102 



+ 1 
+ % 



96 96 -f- 1/4 

83 83 

69% 74 + 5% 

80'/ 2 80% 



NEW YORK CURB MARKET 
Grand National . . . 7-16 % 7-16 + % 
Monogram I" icts. ... 1 % 1 % 1 % — % 

Sonotone Corp 

Technicolor 23% 22 22 — 3/4 

Trans-Lux 2% 2'/ 8 2% + % 

Universal Picts 



N. Y. OVER-THE-COUNTER STOCK MARKET 

Bid Asked 

Pathe Film 7 pfd 98 101 

Fox Thea. Bldg. 6'/ 2 s 1st '36 6% 1% 

Loew's Thea. Bldg. 6s 1st '47.... 91% 92% 

Met. Playhouse, Inc. 5s '43 64 66 

Roxy Thea. Bldg. 6%s 1st '43 57% 59% 



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SECURITY 



H The Broadway Parade ® 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

Room Service (RKO Radio Pictures) — 3rd week Rivoli 

If I Were King (Paramount Pictures)— 2nd week Paramount 

Too Hot to Handle (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)— 2nd week Capitol 

Drums (United Artists-Korda)— 2nd week Music Hall 

Straight, Place and Show (20th Century-Fox) 2nd week Roxy 

Secrets of an Actress (Warner Bros. Pictures) V-' 3 . 1 '' 

Personal Secretary (Universal Pictures) Rialto 

King of Alcatraz ( Paramount Pictures) Criterion 

Dark Rapture (Universal Pictures) Globe 

My Lucky Star (20th Century-Fox) (a-b) Palace 

Time Out for Murder (20th Century-Fox) (a) ^ Pala " 

Meet the Mayor (Times Pictures) (a) Centra 

Fighting Carson Rides (Principal Pictures) (a) Central 

♦ TWO-A-DAY RI7JV ♦ 

Marie Antoinette (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) 8th week Astor 

♦ FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURES ♦ 

The Edge of the World (Pax Films)— 5th week 55th St. Playhouse 

Grand Illusion (World Pictures)— 4th week Filmarte 

The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Amkino) — 3rd week Cameo 

Avocate d'Amour ( Regal Distributors) ( last day) Belmont 

The Story of a Cheat (Callie Films)— 2nd week 5th Ave. Playhouse 

Men of Ireland (J. H. Hoffberg)— 2nd week Squire 

Moonlight Sonata (Malmar Pictures) — 2nd week (a-b) World 

Pearls of the Crown (Lenauer International) — 2nd week (a-b) World 

♦ FUTURE OPENINGS ♦ 

FUTURE OPENINGS E TAOINSHRDL ETAOIN SHRDLU UUUN 

The Last Express (Universal Pictures) — Oct. 11 Rialto 

A Clown Must Laugh (Gaumont British) — Oct. 11 Little Carnegie 

Rothschild (Regal Distributors)— Oct. 11 Belmont 

Stablemates (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) — Oct. 13 Capitol 

There Goes My Heart (United Artists-Roacn')— Oct. 13 Music Hall 

Touchdown Army (Paramount Pictures) — Oct. 13 Criterion 

Carefree (RKO Radio Pictures)— Oct. 13 (a-b) Palace 

The Affairs of Annabel (RKO Radio Pictures)— Oct. 13 (a-b) Palace 

Suez (20th Century-Fox)— Oct. 14 Roxy 

The Sisters (Warner Bros. Pictures) — Oct. 14 Strand 

Rose of Tralee— Oct. 21 Irish Theater 

Men With Wings (Paramount Pictures (c) Paramount 

Youth Takes a Fling (Universal) (c) Rivoli 

(a) Dual bill. (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. 



WB, Vitagraph and Exhibs. 
Win Atlanta Libel Case 



Atlanta — Action brought by Vivi- 
an Stanley, a member of the Prison 
Commission of the State of Georgia, 
against Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., 
Vitagraph, Inc., and local exhibitors, 
Wilby and Holden, was won by the 
defendants when a verdict was rend- 
ered in the latters' favor in the Su- 
perior Court of Fulton County here. 

Plaintiff brought the suits trial of 
which commenced some three weeks 
ago, for $100,000 charging libel be- 
cause of the content of the Warner 
feature, "I Am a Fugitive from a 
Chain Gang." 

Sammy Shain Named Editor 
Of Motion Picture Daily 

Appointment of Sammy Shain as 
editor of Motion Picture Daily, ef- 
fective today, was announced over 
the week-end by Martin Quigley, 
publisher and editor-in-chief. 

Shain, trade paper veteran, was 
long associated with Variety, his 
resignation from that paper's news 
staff being announced a week ago. 

Weinberg Joins World Pix 

World Pictures, Inc., announces 
that Herman G. Weinberg has be- 
come associated with that company, 
as director of publicity and advertis- 
ing. Weinberg was formerly pub- 
licity director of the Filmarte Thea- 
ter and 55th St. Playhouse. 



New Harman-lsing Pact 

With Metro Runs 7 Yrs. 



As a result of a contract signed 
last week, Hugh Harman and Ru- 
dolph Ising will provide the major 
portion of Metro's cartoon product 
for the new season, it was learned 
over the week-end. 

Contract spans seven years and 
under it, Harman and Ising each 
will head a unit producing nine pic- 
tures annually, it was disclosed. 

The producers are experimenting 
with a new cartoon character to be 
introduced in an early reel. 

Fred Quimby continues as head of 
Metro department, and Milt Gross is 
continuing his work on the current 
product, it is understood. 



Rep. Sets New Canadian 

Distribution Franchise 



Republic's home office announced 
on the week-end the consummation 
of a new five-year distribution 
franchise pact, by the terms of 
which the company's product will be 
handled in Canada by Empire-Uni- 
versal Films, Ltd., which has repre- 
sented Republic in the Dominion 
since the latter organization was 
founded. 

P. L. Nathanson, Empire-Univers- 
al's vice-president, represented his 
company in the negotiations. 

Deal virtually completes Repub- 
lic's franchise program, except for 
one or two domestic deals. 



commc rdd Goim 



JAMES A. FITZPATRICK and his wife sail 
over the week-end on the Grace liner San 
Rosa for a Caribbean cruise. 

GEORGE W. WEEKS, Monogram's _ eenet 
sales manager, is in Detroit to af""-,,., 'I I 
Variety Club's luncheon dedicated to Ivffl'jgra 
pictures. 

JOSEPH TASTERNAK arrived from the Coa 
over the week-end for a two-week vacatio 

BOB TAPLINGER, Warner studio publici 
chief, has arrived from the Coast via Uniti 
Airlines for home office conferences. f 
expects to remain here for two weeks. 

ROSALIND RUSSELL has left for the Coa: 
after spending several weeks in Connectici 
with her family. 

MAXIE ROSENBLOOM flew back to Holl) 
wood Saturday after a week in New York 

ARTHUR CREENBLATT, Eastern division mail 
ager for Gaumont British, is touring New En; 
land Exchanges, returning Thursday. 

FRED McCONNELL, president of Record Pic 
tures, left over the week-end for a sales tr 
through the Middle West. 

DONALD DICKSON has gone to the Coa 
to make tests for a role in Warners' "Dese 
Song." 

CARL LESERMAN, Warners' assistant sal 
chief, has returned to New York after a wee 
at the studios. 

ROBERT ARMSTRONG has returned to Ho 
lywood from a two weeks' vacation in Mexic 

GRETA GARBO arrived in New York fro 
Europe Saturday on the Kungsholm. 

BINC CROSBY, his wife, the former Di 
Lee, their son, GARY, and MR. and MRS. LAR 
CROSBY, his brother and sister-in-law, arri' 
in New York over the week-end from a B 
muda vacation, and are stopping at the Wa 
dorf-Astoria. They leave during the week 
Hollywood. 

FAY ROTHMAN, secretary to Lou Weinber 
Columbia's circuit sales head, leaves next Sal 
urday for a vacation to Havana and Nassa 

FRFDRIC MARCH and his wife, FLOREN 
ELDRIDGE, will spend a month in Bermu 
as soon as he completes his role in Wal 
Wanger's production of "Trade Winds." 

WALLACE FORD has arrived from the Coa 
to start work today at the Astoria studios 
"Picket Fence." 



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ture Productions re- 
leased since 1915 are 
listed in the 1938 edi- 
tion of the Industry's 
Standard Reference 
Book of Motion Pic- 
tures — 

THE FILM YEAR BOOK 

1501 Broadway New York City 

The 1939 edition now in preparation 



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DAILY 



EQUITY SUIT TRIAL 
IN DEC, U. S. PLAN? 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

ings or prospective further industry 
legal conferences with the Depart- 
ment looking to the possibility of 
laying framework for a consent de- 
cree. 

No further extensions for answers 
will be granted past the Nov. 1 dead- 
line, it is authoritatively learned. 

One report here is that Senior 
Judge Knox in New York has al- 
ready been approached with a view 
to giving the equity suit right of 
way on his court calendar about 
December. 

However, a Justice Department 
contact emphasized that the final 
decision as to the Department's 
strategy will be governed by the 
pleadings in the industry's answers 
to the suit. 




Ross Federal Promotes 

Brown, Anderson, Lund 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Brown, of Chicago; W. 0. Anderson, 
of Atlanta, and Harold E. Lund, of 
Pittsburgh. 

Brown wlil have under his super- 
vision RF branch offices at Chicago, 
Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Indianapo- 
lis, Des Moines, Omaha, Kansas City 
and St. Louis. Anderson will su- 
pervise branches at Atlanta, Char- 
lotte, Memphis, New Orleans, Okla- 
homa City and Dallas. Lund's su- 
pervisory territory will embrace the 
Ross branches at Buffalo Detroit, 
Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pitts- 
burgh. 

Omaha — Norman Brennan, Ross 
Federal manager at Buffalo, N. Y., 
has been transfered here replac- 
ing Horace Free, moved to the Buf- 
■■ falo office. 



Virginia Morris Named 

Personnel change effectuated over 
the week-end by United Artists, 
places Virginia Morris in charge of ! 
advertising under Lynn Farnol, di- 
rector of advertising and publicity. 
She succeeds Paul Radin, who has 
joined the staff of Buchanan & Co., 
Inc. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 10 

Helen Hayes 

Harry Richman 



with PHIL Ai. DALY 



• • • IS THIS something! a pressbook all about the na- 
tional magazine advertising campaign on a picture ...... that is what 

you might term the height of specialization and it has been 

achieved by Charles McCarthy's ad and pub lads over at 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox for "Suez" 

▼ TV 

• • • THEY LABEL it as "The most extensive campaign 

20th ever put behind a picture" the company and Darryl 

Zanuck figure "Suez" the greatest attraction ever made by their 

studio so they are pre-selling it with full-page, full-color 

ads in such mags as Satevepost, Life, Look and Colliers and 

two-color full-page ads in all the leading fan mags proofs of 

four of the ads are enclosed in the pressbook-folder novelty, so 
that the exhibs will have a preview of the ads which will appear 
in this national campaign they make a smash lobby flash. .... 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • FEATURED guest on the. pop "We. the People" program 

over WABC tomorrow nite will be Hal Roach in a tribute to his 

25 years in the biz interviewed by Gabriel Heatter. he will 

reminisce on Harold Lloyd's film debut, the early days of Laurel and 
Hardy, Will Rogers, and "Our Gang" comedies. ..... 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • GUEST Speaker on the "Exploring the Arts and Sci- 
ences" program over WQXR tonite will be Hal Hode of 

Columbia defending Hollywood methods of production, block- 
booking, "typing" of directors and the star system 

▼ ▼ T 

• O • FILM BIOGRAPHY of the late Patrick Cardinal Hayes, 

compiled from clips of the 20th Century-Fox Movietone News 

has been presented by the company to the Roman Catholic Church 

two prints, one to remain in the Archdiocese of New York, and 

the other to be included in the archives of the Vatican, were accepted 
for the Church by Bishop Stephen Donahue, who became administra- 
tor of the Archdiocese after Cardinal Hayes' death Jack Munroe, 

associate editor of the newsreel, made the presentation at the Chan- 
cellery of the Archdiocese, acting on behalf of Sidney R. Kent and Tru- 
man Talley « _ — 

• • • AT THE last weekly meeting of the Lions Club in the 

Astor Hotel Eddie Brown, the Paramount home office cashier, 

had on hand Dick Merrill as guest speaker so member Brown 

took advantage of the occasion to get in a plug for Paramount's 

"Men With Wings" he had heralds on every plate plugging 

the picture incidentally, a custom of the Lions is for every- 
one present at the luncheon to get up, give his name and affiliation, 

and then some slogan typical of the firm's business. Eddie 

has been getting up in his seat for many years week in and week 

out, reciting his li'l piece and every time he comes to the 

Paramount slogan, "If it's a Paramount Picture "......the 

whole gang yells in chorus, "it's the best show in town!" 

great kidders, these Lion fellers, with their club name touting 
another producer all the time 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • WORLD PREMIERE of Paramount's "The Arkansas Tra- 
veler" at the Pulaski Theater in Little Rock, Ark as a spe- 
cial gesture to his friend. Bob Burns, who stars in the film. Mayor 

Overman proclaimed the day as "Arkansas Traveler Day" the 

opening had a Hollywood setting, with arc lamps from the studio 'n 

every thin' among those attending were Lieutenant Governor Bob 

Bailey, M. A. iLightman, Henry Brownlee. Paul Jones, Clyde Smith 
exhibs. were there from Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. 



SPITZ, RODGERS TO BE 
MPTOA MEET SPEAKERS! 



(Continued from Page 1) 

who will be present will be an 
nounced shortly. 

Kuykendall returned to his '^>n> 
in Columbus, Miss., and will t'hei 
go to Oklahoma City for completioi 
of convention details. He will to 
back in New York Oct. 17 for tb 
trade practice conferences. 



Rodgers at New Orleans 

for Managerial Meeting 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ners, Eastern, Southern and Canadi 
an sales manager; Billy Ferguson 
exploitation head; Charles Kesse 
nich, Southern district manager; Bil' 
Coleman, in charge of publicity foi 
the south, and the following ex 
change managers: Roy Avey, At 
lanta; Bert Zalner, Oklahoma City;] 
LeRoy Bickel, Dallas; Frank Well- 
ingham, Memphis; Jimmie Briant, 
New Orleans. Exploiteers attending 
were: Tod Ferguson, Memphis; Jim- 
mie Thems, Atlanta; Will Dunn, Ne\« 
Orleans. The group attended the 
victory dinner given by Briant and 
the New Orleans staff to celebrate 
the billing prize money they won 



Chi. Hearst Paper Offers 
$2,500 Added Quiz Prizes 






Through a tie-up with the Chi- 
cago Herald and Examiner, Movie 
Quiz fans in the Windy City will 
receive 53 additional prizes totalling 
$2,500. 

These prizes will be awarded to 
readers of the Hearst newspaper] 
who rank highest in the list of the; 
national Movie Quiz prize winners 
No additional requirements are de-f 
manded of entries other than parti- 
cipation in the national Movie Quiz. 
The contestant need only prove that 
he is a regular reader of the Herald 
and Examiner by clipping 24 differ- 
ently numbered coupons from the 
daily paper. 

First prize will be $1,000 to the 
top ranking entry in the Movie Quiz; 
second prize $500; third prize $250; 
and fourth prize $100. There will 
be two prizes of $75 each, three 
prizes of $50 each, four of $25 each,| 
ten of $10 each and 30 of $5 each. 



8 "l/V on B'dway 

Deanna Durbin's "That Certain Age," 
opening at the Roxy on Oct. 28, will 
make it eight for Universal on Broadway 
this month. "Dark Rapture" opened 
Saturday at the Clobe where previously 
"The Road to Reno" was seen. "Dracula" 
and "Frankenstein" hit the Rialto Oct. 
14, following "Personal Secretary." 
"Youth Takes a Fling" is set for the 
Rivoli Oct. 15, with "Service De Luxe" 
to follow. 




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A million -dollar playgirl turns amateur detective . . . and digs 
up the murder of the year! . . . What mystery! . . . What ex- 
citement! . . . What fun . . . as your heart races to this 
super-speedy romance of a daring debutante and a handsome, 

heckling newshound! *.. It's the kind of a picture that rates 

TOP ADVERTISING, because its 

TOP ENTERTAINMENT and 

TOP BOX-OFFICE! 




SAM L E V E N E 

FRANCES MERCER 
STANLEY RIDGES 
WHITNEY BOURN 



PANDRO S. BERMAN IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION 

DIRECTED B V LEIGH I A S N 

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DAILY 



10 BRIT. FINANCES 
SOUGHT IN GN DEAL 



i) 



(Continued from Page 

J.ck Barnstyn, foreign manager, 
sil Wednesday on the Normandie 
:r=^ngland on deals concerning 
ire1?fi distribution. 



N's Eastern Sales Reps. 
Confer on Sales Policies 



REVIEWS Of nEiu fums 



'The Sisters' 



(Continued from Page 1) 

amnions, president; Edward 



L. 



.[person, general sales manager, and 
, H. Skirball, vice-president in 
marge of production. 

Saturday morning was devoted to 
:reening two new pictures. A busi- 
k'ss session featured the afternoon, 
lid further conferences and screen- 
igs were held on Sunday. T. R. 
"illiams, treasurer; Gordon S. 
[hite, director of advertising and 
Ikblicity; Harold Saxe and Bruno 
| eyers of the home office group also 
jldressed the sessions. Sam Berko- 
Ktz, representing Fine Arts Pic- 
Ires, Inc., also spoke. 

Home office and sales representa- 
l/es who attended also included, 
Jeorge Blake, secretary; F. X. Car- 
ill, Robert Doidge, L. J. Wool- 
jidge, Sam Citron, Philip Leonard, 
1)1 Edwards, circuit sales manager; 
■ orris Safier, Coast district sales 
lanager; Ralph Kinsler, middle 
■astern district sales manager; 
larry Asher, Eastern district sales 
lanager, and Jack Lamont, South- 
In district sales manager. 
I Branch managers who attended 
jere: Arthur Newman, Albany; Joe 
hvy, Buffalo; Israel Levine, New 
laven; Merritt Davis, Charlotte; 
Ixles Lapidus, Pittsburgh; Moe Sher- 
ian, Philadelphia; Harry Brown, 

"ashington, John Himmelein, Cleve- 
jnd; Peter Rosian, New York; and 
lew York Salesmen, Harry Gold- 
lone and Richard Perry. 



[AG License Plan for Agents 
l Sets Commission at 10 P.C. 

\est Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Screen Actors Guild 
| .an to license agents provides that 
agents shall be entitled to re- 
ave commissions in excess of 10 
2r cent for screen talent and that 
3 agent will be allowed to operate 

he, the agency or anyone inter- 
red in the agency, is an employer 
' talent except in such cases as 
e Guild may deem a proper one 
>r which to grant a waiver. 

It is said that officials of the 
uild feel that certain agents are 
larging excessive commissions for 
bookings and that fees have 
mged from 15 to 35 per cent and 
lat some representatives have 
larged as much as 50 per cent for 
ooking musical artists on the air. 
ees will be immediately reduced 



with Errol Flynn and Bette Davis 
Warners 98 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 
STRONG LOVE STORY WITH CO- 
STARS TURNING IN OUTSTANDING 
PERFORMANCES. 

Here is a strong love story, with Bette 
Davis and Errol Flynn doing outstanding 
work as the chief characters. The story 
starts in 1904 at a dance in Silver Bow, 
Montana, where Theodore Roosevelt's pres- 
dential victory is being celebrated, and 
Director Anatole Litvak has caught the spirit 
of the time. In fact, Litvak has done a 
splendid job in directing the various ele- 
ments of the story, and gaining fine per- 
formances from the large cast. David Lewis 
rates credit as associate producer. Milton 
Krims faced a difficult task in scenarizing 
the Myron Brinig novel, but furnished a 
gripping screenplay and clever dialogue. 
Tony Gaudio's photography is high-grade. 
Restless, moody Flynn, a San Francisco 
sports writer, comes to Silver Bow to cover 
a prizefight, and falls in love with Bette. 
They marry and go to San Francisco to 
live. Bette's sister, Jane Bryan, marries 
Dick Foran, a banker, whom Bette jilted. 
Luxury-loving Anita Louise marries Aian 
Hale, a millionaire widower. When his 
"great book," which Bette encourages him 
to write, fails to win the approval of his 
friend, Donald Crisp, Flynn feels himseif 
a failure and starts drinking. Flynn loses 
his newspaper job and Bette gets work as 
secretary to Ian Hunter, a department 
store owner. Following a spree, Flynn ships 
himself to Singapore as a seaman. Bette 
barely escapes death in the earthquake, 
but is befriended by Lee Patrick and her 
mother, Laura Hope Crews. When Flynn 
returns from the Orient, Bette is in Silver 
Bow with her parents, Henry Travers and 
Beulah Bondi, and her sisters. Crisp ac- 
companies Flynn to Silver Bow. The three 
sisters are attending another presidential 
election ball in Silver Bow's lodge hall, and 
Bette's reunion with Flynn is reminiscent 
of her first meeting with him in the same 
building. 

CAST: Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Anita 
Louise, Ian Hunter, Donald Crisp, Beulah 
Bondi, Jane Bryan, Alan Hale, Dick Foran, 
Henry Travers, Patric Knowles, Lee Patrick, 
Laura Hope Crews, Janet Shaw, Harry 
Davenport, Ruth Garland, John Warburton, 
Paul Harvey, Mayo Methot, Irving Bacon, 
Arthur Hoyt. 

CREDITS: Executive producer, Hal B. 
Wallis; Associate Producer, David Lewis; 
Director, Anatole Litvak; Author, Myron 
Brinig; Screenplay, Milton Krims; Camera- 
man, Tony Gaudio; Art Director, Carl Jules 
Weyl; Editor, Warren Low; Music, Max 
Steiner; Musical Director, Leo F. Forbstein; 
Dialogue Director, Irving Rapper. 

DIRECTION, Splendid. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
High grade. 



"Time Out For 
Murder" 

with Michael Whalen, Gloria Stuart, Chick 

Chandler, Douglas Fowley 
20th-Fox 60 mins. 

GOOD MYSTERY STORY WITH PER- 
SONABLE CAST PROVIDES PLENTY OF 
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE. 

More supposedly class "B" pictures like 
this one, and there will be fewer com- 
plaints about double bills. Getting off to 
a snappy start, the film hits a fast pace 
that is maintained to the finish, packing 
plenty of punch and entertainment for all 
types of audiences. Combining a good 
mystery story, able direction and a per- 
sonable cast, the film never loses interest 
right through a punch-packed climax. Mich- 
ael Whalen, a reporter, Chick Chandler, 
his photographer, Gloria Stuart, a female 
bill collector and the chief feminine in- 
terest, and Douglas Fowley, a racketeer, 
neatly fill the principal roles. Possibly 
Whalen and Chandler do not give as ac- 
curate a portrayal of newspapermen as they 
might, but they play the roles the way 
audiences want them played. H. Bruce 
Humberstone gets credit for the direction, 
and Jerry Cady for the screenplay. Sup- 
oorting roles are ably acted by Jane Dar- 
well, Jean Rogers and Robert Kellard. Kel- 
lard is arrested for the murder of a wo- 
man whose jewels he had possession of. 
He was taking them to the bank he worked 
for. Whalen believes the murder solved 
when the arrest is made, but later de- 
velopments lead him to suspect Fowley, a 
racketeer, but also a good friend. How- 
ever, with the aid of Fowley he uncovers 
the real murderer and everything is worked 
out neatly. 

CAST: Michael Whalen, Douglas Fow- 
ley, Gloria Stuart, Chick Chandler, Jean 
Rogers, Robert Kellard, Jane Darwell, June 
Gale, Ruth Hussey, Cliff Clark, Peter 
Lynn, Edward Marr, Lester Mathews. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Howard J. 
Green; Director, H. Bruce Humberstone; 
Screenplay, Jerry Cady; Cameraman, Vir- 
gil Miller; Editor, Jack Murray. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



MICH. REPORTED COOL 
TO DIVORCE STATUTE 



{Continued from Page 1) 

sideration is regulation of theater 
games. 

A prelude to the convention prop- 
er, the Board of Directors meets 
today and dines tonight. First busi- 
ness session of the convention is 
slated for tomorrow afternoon when 
William F. Rodgers, Metro sales 
chief, is scheduled to speak. Abram 
F. Myers, national Allied's general 
counsel, will address the convention 
Wednesday morning. Final business 
session will be held in the afternoon, 
with a banquet at night closing the 
conclave. 



FitzPatrick Sails for S. A. 

James A. FitzPatrick, producer 
of TravelTalks for M-G-M, is en 
route to South America where he 
will shoot material for his 1939-40 
releases. Accompanied by Mrs. Fitz- 
Patrick and a Technicolor crew, 



13 More Conn. Indies Sign 
For Campaign Movie Quiz 



FitzPatrick will visit Curacao, Ven 
zuela, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica I Thompsonville; 
ccording to the plans of the Guild and Haiti, returning to New York and Bryan Memorial 
facials. I on Oct. 24. ! ington Depot 



New Haven — Approximately 55 
Connecticut indies now participate 
in the Movie Quiz campaign, 13 new 
names having been added to the 
list this week. Theaters joining re- 
cently are the Carroll, Hamilton, 
Cameo and Alhambra, Waterbury; 
E. M. Loew's, Hartford; Astor, 
East Hartford; Finn's, Jewett City; 
Playhouse, New Canaan; Capitol, 
Milford; Strand, Plainville; Strand, 
Strand, Seymour, 

Hail, Wash- 



Lincoln Theater Deals 

Send B. O. Scales Upward 

Lincoln, Neb. — Most important 
incident in re-arranging the theater 
scene here in four years transpired 
when Nebraska Theaters, Inc., allied 
with L. L. Dent's Westland Thea- 
ters of Colorado, gained control of 
the Liberty, a 1,400-seater, and a 
partnership in the Colonial, a 750- 
seater. This adds to their already 
operating Varsity and Kiva. 

Deal, set by T. B. Noble, Jr., who 
has the State, Oklahoma City, and 
was formerly Dent's general mana- 
ger, finds the Colonial 50-50ed with 
George O. Monroe, Sr., and the ar- 
rangement in force yesterday. The 
Liberty, a snatch from the J. H. 
Cooper - Lincoln Theaters Corp., 
which has the lease until Dec. 1, 
comes to the NTI group Jan. 1. 
Gives NTI 3,790 seats in the down- 
town area, against Cooper's 4,850 
seats. Previous to Aug. 1, Cooper 
had 6,850 seats. 

More important than the change 
in seat distribution, will be the ef- 
fect on prices, Lincoln having been 
a sinkhole of low admissions for 
nearly three years. Varsity, just re- 
opend, went from 20 cents to 40 
cents top. Kiva, under the new 
setup a holdover house, goes from 
15 cents to 35 cents top. Liberty, 
15 cents top, raises a nickel, and the 
Colonial likewise. Liberty becomes 
a second runner, and the Colonial 
changes from a subsequent to an 
action first. 

South African Exhib. Unit 
Wants Darryl Zanuck Visit 

Capetown — (By Cable) — Follow- 
ing the arrival here of Walter J. 
Hutchinson, director of foreign dis- 
tribution for 20th-Fox, on Oct. 26, 
Hutchinson will be asked to extend 
an invitation from the exhibitors' or- 
ganization of South Africa to Darryl 
Zanuck to spend his next vacation 
here. An elaborate reception has 
been planned here for Hutchinson, as 
20th-Fox is mErking its first year 
with its own distributing organiza- 
tion in this territory. 



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every woman . . ." 



JEAN ARTHUR 

Says: "Nothing 
has impressed me 
so much recently. 
It will pull at the 
heart-strings o f 
all America." 




SONJA HENIE 

Says: "I was 
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youth and gayety 
that everyone 
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with the hopes, 
fears, romantic 
dreams of young 
girls standing en 
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GIRLS SCHOOL 

ANNE SHIRLEY NAN GREY RALPH BELLAMY 

Gloria Holden ■ Margaret Tallichet - Noah Beery, Jr. 

Story by Tow Sleslnger • Screen ploy by Ten Sletlnger and Richard 
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called 'Girls' School'. Here is a story which 
probes so deeply into the adolescent minds and 
hearts of typical young American girls as to 
make it richly reminiscent of my own young 
girlhood. It will not only thrill but it will 
pull at the heart-strings of all America." 



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SCHAEFER RESIGNS! 
MAY BE RKO PREXY 



(Continued from Page 1) 

not expire until March, is under- 
stood to be the choice of the Rocke- 
feller interests for the RKO top 
spot, with Nelson Rockefeller acting 
for the family interests in the re- 
ported negotiations. 

If and when Schaefer takes over 
at RKO, it is understood that the 
status of Ned Depinet will be un- 
changed, Depinet continuing as vice- 
president in charge of distribution. 
Whether there would be other 
changes, however, is not determin- 
able at this time. 

Sources close to RKO confirmed 
Saturday that the Schaefer affilia- 
tion had been discussed. 

Upon the receipt of Schaefer's 
resignation, the board of directors 
accepted it and Silverstone, in con- 
veying the regrets of the board, sent 
the following message to Schaefer: 

"The directors have asked me to 
express to you their sincere appre- 
ciation of your devotion and loyalty 
to the company and extend every 
good wish for your continued suc- 
cess in the industry." 

At a press conference following 
the meeting, Silverstone added his 
own remarks in which he concurred 
with the board's sentiments and 
added that he believed Schaefer one 
of the most able executives in the 
business and an asset to any enter- 
prise with which he may become 
associated. 

No announcement of a successor 
was made after the meeting, but it 
was indicated that one would be 
made shortly. Silverstone said he 
planned an early English trip. 

Schaefer is the second major ex- 
ecutive to withdraw from the com- 
pany in the last six weeks. Andy 
W. Smith, Jr., general sales man- 
ager, left UA on Sept. 8. 

Schaefer joined United Artists in 
1936. He entered the film business 
in 1914 as secretary to Lewis J. 
Selznick, becoming assistant sales 
manager of World Film Corp. in 
1916. Joining Paramount in 1920, 
Schaefer rose steadily until he be- 
came vice-president, resigning in 
1935. 



Oklahoma City Product 

Deals in Final Stage 



Oklahoma City — Local product 
line-ups are about set with only a 
few more contracts to be negotiated. 

Standard Theaters has product 
of Warner Bros., First National, 
20th Century-Fox, Universal, M-G- 
M, RKO and Paramount for first- 
run and neighborhood runs in its 
five nabe houses. 

The State Theater has 13 United 
Artists pictures and Standard has 
12. Besides these UA films the 
State also has Columbia, Republic, 
Monogram and some independent 
product also. 



THE WEEK IN REVIEW 

Trade Reform Parleys Set — Hicks Vice Graham 



DOMESTIC 



(Continued from Page 1) 

and act upon the proposed fair trade 
practice parley. If directors ap- 
prove, a committee will be named, 
it was learned, to carry on negotia- 
tions. 

* * * 

MPTOA disclosed a program em- 
bodying 14 questions for study at 
its annual convention set to open 
Oct. 30 in Oklahoma City. Included 
in the program are such points as 
self-regulation for the industry, 
taxes, trade practices and legisla- 
tion. 

* * * 

GN's Chi meeting of branch man- 
agers from the midwest and west- 
ern exchanges brought out that 
company will make and release 44 
features, 26 westerns, and 44 shorts 
during 1938-39 season. E. W. Ham- 
mons, organization's prexy, signed 
a lease providing for GN headquar- 
ters to be in the new Associated 

Press Building, Rockefeller Center. 

* * * 

RKO reorg. hearings appeared to 
be nearing completion in Federal 
Court. While strenuous objections 
were raised at last Monday's session 
by minority interests, proponents of 
plan showed growing confidence that 

it would be confirmed. 

* * * 

Top news items additionally were 
new employment pacts and stock 
options for Columbia execs. . . . 
Presiding of Will H. Hays at the 
unveiling of a tablet marking the 
first commercial showing of motion 
pictures at Koster & Bials' Music 
Hall, 34th St. and Broadway, site 



now occupied by R. H. Macy . . . 
and issuance of Government figures 
placing U. S. admish tax collection 
for 1938 at $20,800,779. 



FOREIGN 

London cable told of resignation 
of John Cecil Graham as Para- 
mount's director in Great Britain, 
his withdrawal resulting in the com- 
pany naming John W. Hicks, organ- 
ization's foreign department mana- 
ger, to the post for an indefinite 
period. Hicks, it was stated, takes 
the helm immediately, while George 
Weltner, assistant foreign manager, 
moves into managership of the for- 
eign department. 

* * # 

When it was learned in London 
that Mark Ostrer, GB president, is 
contemplating an early trip to New 
York, pix circles concluded that step 
may be for purpose of renewed hud- 
dles twixt him and Joseph M. 

Schenck, 20th-Fox board chairman. 

* # * 

Mexico City checked in with ad- 
vice that a world-wide unified sys- 
tem of pix distribution for native 
produced is being talked there by 

production interests. 

* * * 

An early rift in the existing im- 
passe between U. S. and Japan as 
far as film trade is concerned seems 
certain, according to Tokyo cable. 
The Japanese Government, it said, 
is giving close and sympathetic con- 
sideration to solution of this prob- 
lem, and this attitude, which has 
been a growing one of late, is an 
indication that existing importation 
and financial bans may be modified. 



Roller Derby Franchise 

Acquired By Interstate 

Fort Worth, Tex. — Interstate Cir- 
cuit, which operates seven local 
theaters, has purchased the Texas 
franchise for the Roller Derby, 
skating marathon show, now filling 
a 21-day engagement at the Will 
Rogers Memorial Coliseum. The 
Derby probably will appear in other 
Texas cities under the sponsorship 
of Interstate. 

The Roller Derby first appeared 
in Fort Worth this past Spring, and 
cut into local theater business con- 
siderably, as attendance at the Der- 
by was largest in history of this 
city for an event of this type. This 
caused Interstate to buy Texas fran- 
chise of the Derby when the Derby 
signed to return to this section this 
Fall. Thus the theater company 
will cash in, even though it still is 
competition to the theaters. 



George Lederer Dead 

George W. Lederer, 76, famed 
stage producer and father of Charles 
Lederer, Hollywood scenarist, died 
Saturday at his Queens home. 



$30,000 Ad Campaign 
Backs "Suez" In New York 



Heralding the premiere of "Suez" 
at the Roxy next Friday, 20th-Fox 
started an intensive Metropolitan ad- 
vertising campaign over the week- 
end that will cost around $30,000 by 
the time the picture opens, it was 
learned. Over 150 24-sheets have 
been posted around New York and a 
total of approximately 16,000 lines 
will be used in Met. dailies this week, 
starting last Sunday. 



School May Sub for Conn. 
House Storm Destroyed 



Jewett City, Conn. — John Barnett, 
operator of Finn's Theater, com- 
pletely destroyed by the hurricane, 
is negotiating for the use of the 
local high school auditorium for ex- 
hibition of pictures. The house, for- 
merly upstairs, will be rebuilt as 
a modern theater, together with the 
stores and apartments in the build- 
ing. 



ITOA ACCEPTS BID TO 
TRADE REFORM PARLEY 



(Continued from Page 1) 

tions, in addition to the MPTOA and 
Allied, were invited by the distribu- 
tors' negotiating committee to- ""eet 
in New York for the confei»p;>,es. 
Acceptances from the others are ex- 
pected this week. 

Whether Allied will participate in 
these conferences will depend on the 
decision of its board of directors 
which meets here on the 17th. If 
the directors act favorably on the 
plan, a committee will be appointed 
to meet with a distributors' group. 
Allied's parleys, it is understood, 
will be held apart from those sched- 
uled between MPTOA and the dis- 
tribs. 

Representatives of the unaffiliated 
units will huddle on the trade prac- 
tice issues later during the same 
week. Unit heads have been asked 
to send delegates for sessions any- 
time after Oct. 19. 

Executives were hopeful Friday 
that the conferences would be the 
first step in eliminating permanent- 
ly intra-industry disputes. 



Local 702-Du Art Reach 
Agreement; Picketing Stops 

(Continued from Page 1) 

held a meeting with John H. Rugge, 
president of Local 702, and Arthur 
Gottlieb, owner of Du Art. 

General terms of a new contract 
were agreed upon: workers out on 
strike go back to work today on a 
seniority basis with a 10 per cent 
wage increase; a new contract to be 
signed within 10 days, time limit set 
for signing by the IA. Following the 
meeting, all pickets were withdrawn 
from different places the Local had 
been picketing, including Du Art, 
M-G-M and Caravel Films. 

Informed sources pointed out that 
the mediation of the IA through 
Walsh indicated that full official 
sanction of the IA and full backing 
could now be expected for the Local. 
This fact is expected to play a promi- 
nent part in future negotiations the 
Local carries on with laboratories 
that do not have signed contracts at 
this time. 



U.S. 



Film Interests Mark 
Time in Italian Dispute 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ing from the Italian Government not 
only clarification of the recent anti- 
foreign film decree but its modifica- 
tion. 

Sources close to the situation told 
The Film Daily that a more favor- 
able opportunity was awaited. The 
full personnel of the U. S. "mission" 
to Italy, charged with responsibility 
of the impending negotiations, has 
not yet arrived in Rome, although it 
is admitted that some delegates have 
had preliminary discussions with 
Government representatives there. 



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Now Twenty Years Old 



NEW YORK, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11. 1938 



TEN CENTS 



Supreme Court Refuses to Review Philly Duals Case 

GOLD, SCHLAIFER TO DIRECT UA'S DOMESTIC SALES 



Vcl, Calif. Exhib. Units Accept Reform Parleys Bids 



Public's Views 

. . . via Ed Sullivan 



By CHESTER B. BAHN : 



A FTER a month's absence in the East, 
Ed Sullivan of the New York Daily 
News devoted a recent column to the 
results of his personal research work among 
"hundreds of people," largely New York 
and Chicago film patrons. 

This, says Sullivan, represents the pub- 
lic's viewpoint. "We aren't interested in 
anything that comes out of Hollywood ex- 
cept great pictures. .. .All we want are 
entertaining pictures. Tell the movie mag- 
nates to stop talking and give us enter- 
tainment." 

Other Sullivan findings: 

"The consensus of opinion is that the 
movies are doing about a 50 per cent job, 
that Hollywood is out of touch with its 
market" "The 'star system' of Holly- 
wood is as dead as the dodo. .. .Today the 
play is the thing". .. ."The things that 
mean so much in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air 
and Santa Monica — parties, magnificent 
homes, social ratings — and which cost the 
stars so much to maintain make no im- 
pression on the movie fans" "The fans 

don't ask the box-office ticket seller if 
the performers in the picture attended 
Countess Dorothy Di Frasso's last party" 

"A movie magnate is a genius when 

(and when only) he makes the pictures that 
fans will buy." 

o 

THE Daily News columnist's interesting 
' report may be right.... and again, it 
is possible that his contacts were too 
limited to accurately reflect, in some re- 
spects, the national picture. There is a 
good deal of open country not included 
within the corporate limits of New York 
and Chicago. 

For instance, the obituary of the star 

system has been written many times, but 

| it has refused to stay dead. At least in 

' the hinterlands. The exhibitor there who 

refuses to take into consideration the huge 

personal followings of stars is courting 

■ disaster. The fan allegiance to the star 

(Continued on Page 2) 



Iowa - Nebraska Association 

Expected to Take 

Action Today 

Three unaffiliated exhibitor or- 
ganizations to date have accepted 
invitations to send representatives 
to a trade practice parley in New 
York during the week of Oct. 17. 
Delegates from the MPTO of Vir- 
ginia and ITO of Southern Califor- 
nia as well as the ITOA will be 
present for the sessions, a check- 
up yesterday revealed. 

Allied Independent Theater owners 

{.Continued on Page 4) 

FOREIGN HEADS AWAIT 
ROME MEETING REPORT 



A meeting of major company for- 
eign managers has been scheduled 
for Thursday, it was reported last 
night. It was learned that efforts 
are being made to hold a meeting 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Industry Leaders Going 

To Eddie Golden Dinner 



Sizeable contingent of New York 
execs, will attend the Edward A. 
Golden testimonial dinner Friday 
at the Nicollet Hotel, Minneapolis. 

Already set to go are Nat Blum- 

(Continued on Page 7) 



WILL RE-HEAR 
DALLAS SUIT 

U. S. Supreme Court Notes 
Probable Jurisdiction 



Washington Bureau, of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The U. S. Supreme 
Court yesterday noted "probable 
jurisdiction" in the so-called Dallas 
anti-trust case, paving the way for 
a re-hearing. 

The action, brought by the Gov- 
ernment against Interstate Circuit, 
Texas Consolidated and the majors, 
was sent back to the U. S. District 
Court in Texas last year for findings 
of fact held omitted in the decision 
of the trial judge who found for the 
Government. 

The case first came before the 
Supreme Court on direct appeal 
from the trial court early in the 

{Continued on Page 8) 



300 RESERVATIONS IN 
FOR MPTOA SESSIONS 



Oklahoma City — Advance reser- 
vations for the four-day convention 
of the MPTOA, opening at the Bilt- 
more hotel here on Oct. 30, already 

(Continued on Page 7) 



Majors Lose Legal Fight to Block 
Duals/ Perei ^ man's Victory Stands 



Elmer J. Barnard, Para. 

Indianapolis Mgr., Dead 

The Paramount home office was 
informed yesterday of the sudden 
death of Elmer J. Barnard, Indian- 
apolis branch manager, who was as- 
sociated with the company since 
1924. 

"Barney," as he was familiarly 

(Continued on Page 4) 



By MILTON F. LUNCH 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The U. S. Supreme 
Court yesterday declined to review 
the all-important Perelman Phila- 
delphia duals case, thus upholding 
the District Court and Circuit Court 
of Appeals decision against the ma- 
jors. 

Decision prohibited the majors 
from inserting in exhibitor contracts 

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Silverstone Says No Successor 

to Schaefer Will be 

Named 

United Artists' domestic sales 
will be in charge of Harry Gold, 
Eastern sales manager, and Jack 
Schlaifer, Western sales manager, 
it was stated yesterday by Maurice 
Silverstone, general manager in 
charge of world affairs, who pointed 
out that nobody would be brought 
into the company as general sales 
manager. This means that the post 
of George J. Schaefer, who resigned 
Friday as vice-president in charge 
of distribution, would remain un- 
filled. 

Both Gold and Schlaifer have 
been with UA almost since its in- 

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WOBBER WILL ATTEND 
MPTOA OKLA. PARLEY 



Swelling the list of prominent in- 
dustry leaders who will attend the 
MPTOA convention which opens 
Oct. 30 will be Herman Wobber, 
general manager of distribution for 
20th-Fox, it was learned yesterday. 
Wobber will leave for Oklahoma 
City shortly before the convention's 
opening date. 

He will go from Oklahoma City 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Michigan Allied to Hear 
William F. Rodgers Today 

Grand Rapids — William F. Rodg- 
ers, Metro's sales chief, will be a 
principal speaker at today's session 
of the annual convention of Allied 

(Continued on Page 7) 



Metro Sales Ahead 

Chicago — Twenty-five to 30 per cent 
more contracts have been signed for 
films this year than at the same time 
last year, William F. Rodgers, general 
sales manager for M-G-M said here. 



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HARRY M. WARNER is expected to arrive 
here from the Coast next week. 

GEORGE W. WEEKS, general sales manager 
for Monogram, left yesterday for a trip to 
Detroit, Cleveland, Gloversville, Buffalo and 
Boston. He will be gone about 10 days. 

JAMES R. GRAINGER, president of Repub- 
lic and general manager of distribution, is due 
to arrive in New York from the Coast at the 
week-end. 

BOB TAPLINGER, Warners' studio publicity 
manager, arrived in New York over the week- 
end by plane from the Coast for a two-week 
stay. 

JACK L. WARNER, arrives in England today 
on the Queen Mary. 

L. W. CONROW, president of Altec Service 
Corp., has returned to the home office after 
a two weeks' trip to the company's Southern 
branch offices. 

ROBERT SMELTZER, central district manager 
for Warners, is in New York for home office 
conferences. 

FRANK PHELPS, Warner labor representative, 
was in Philadelphia yesterday. 

GABRIEL PASCAL, English producer, arrived 
here yesterday on the Normandie for the open- 
ing of his production of G. B. Shaw's "Pygma- 
lion," which will be distributed here by M-C-M. 

ROY HAINES, Eastern and Canadian sales 
manager for Warners, returned to the home 
office yesterday after a trip to Cleveland, 
Buffalo and Pittsburgh. 

ALLYN BUTTERFIELD, managing editor of 
Fathe News; JULIUS STEIGER, of Fox Films; 
LADISLAS SZUCS, Hungarian picture producer; 
ARTURO TOSCANINI, GIOVANNI MARTINELLI, 
COLETTE D'ARVILLE and CLAIRE LUCE arrived 
from Europe yesterday on the Normandie. 

L. VON HAVERBECK, general manager of 
United Cinema Company, Ltd., Bangkok, Siam, 
left for the Coast yesterday after a visit of 
several weeks in New York. 

RAY WHITLEY, western star in Paramount 
and RKO pix, is here with the rodeo. 



HERMAN A. DE VRY, president of De Vry 
Corp., returns to Chicago tomorrow, following 
a brief visit to company's New York offices. 

BING CROSBY, his wife and son, accompanied 
by the LARRY CROSBYS, are stopping at the 
Waldorf-Astoria, following a three-weeks' stay 
in Bermuda, and leave shortly for the Coast. 

WAYNE MORRIS returns to Hollywood this 
week from New York after a vacation and a 
personal appearance at the Strand. 

LOUIS WE1TZENKORN, scenarist and play- 
wright, returned to Hollywood yesterday from 
New York. 

WILLYS DE MOND, stocking designer for Hol- 
lywood stars, has returned to New York from 
a business trip to RKO Radio's Coast studios. 

E. C. GRAINGER, general manager of the 

Feiber & Shea circuit, has returned to the 

home office after visiting the circuit's 35 
houses in Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

RUSSELL T. ERWIN, JR., and RODERICK M. 
WARREN arrived in New York Sunday on the 
President Roosevelt after working on a film 
on Irish sports for Grantland Rice. 

WILLHELM KAROL, former UFA executive 
in Berlin, has arrived here for a vacation and a 
trip to the Coast. 

HARPO MARX is at the Plaza. GROUCHO 
and CHICO arrive Saturday. 

CHESTER MORRIS is in town for a P.A. at 
the Strand. 

IRVING BERLIN has returned from a business 
trip to England. 

WILLIAM SCULLY, Universal sales manager, 
and W. J. HEINEMAN, Western sales manager, 
return today from the Coast. 

JOHN MALONEY, middle Atlantic district 
manager for M-G-M, and BERTIS BISHOP, man- 
ager of the M-G-M Pittsburgh exchange, leave 
for Europe Oct. 22. 

FREDDIE BARTHOLOMEW will arrive in New 
York tomorrow to begin p.a's, first being at 
Loew's State on Oct. 13. 



Public's Views 

. . . via Ed Sullivan 



(Continued from Page 1) 

system is understandable. The average star 
is identified with a particular type of 
role and story. 

The Gable fan wants Gable in a Gable 
part, Shirley Temple in a Shirley Temple 
vehicle, etc. Stellar popularity and pres- 
tige slumps when this is forgotten by 
either player or studio or both. So while 
undeniably the moviegoer today is more 
critical of stories than ever before, ex- 
hibs. generally may be counted upon to 
continue to buy stars. So working show- 
men tell us. 



SULLIVAN'S comment upon the public's 
indifference to "the things that mean 
so much in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air and 
Santa Monica," however, is something else 
again. It confirms a well-defined hunch 
that some of the more effusive industry 
chatterers for newspaper and air were 
missing their audience target by a mile 
or two. 



Report Indie Interests 

May Take Over Oriental 

Chicago — Negotiations are re- 
ported under way for the early open- 
ing of the Oriental theater by in- 
dependent interests. 



Take 3 Depositions Friday 
in Loew Stockholders' Suit 



Depositions of three Loew execu- 
tives will be taken Friday at an 
all-day session in the office of E. K. 
Ellis, chief counsel for a group of 
stockholders who are protesting 
against the company's proposed 
profit-sharing plan. Testimony is 
to be sought from Judge J. R. Hazel, 
William A. Parker and Charles C. 
Moskowitz, members of the board. 

Isidor Frey, a Loew attorney, was 
examined yesterday in a two-hour 
session. 



Balaban, Griffis Leave 

for Coast Next Monday 

Barney Balaban, president, and 
Stanton Griffis, executive committee 
chairman, leave for the Coast next 
Monday for their annual studio visit. 
Executive committee meets Thurs- 
day in New York. 



Co-op of Mich. Board 

To Meet on Wednesday 

Detroit — Directors of Co-operative 
Theaters of Michigan will meet 
Wednesday morning, with further 
organization personnel changes re- 
ported as impending. 



Week's Labor Hearings 

Involve SWG, SDG, IATSE] 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILil 

Hollywood — Labor hearings thel 
latter part of this week involving! 
the SWG, SDG and IATSE may set] 
tie three of the most important la-[ 
bor issues that have faced the stu-1 
dios in some time. It is also ex-I 
pected that the agent-actors dispute! 
will come to a head before t> net 
of the week. SWG and IATSE com-| 
plaints will receive final hearing be- 
fore the NLRB. 



RKO U.K. Representatives 
Meet in London Thursday 

Convention of RKO representa- 
tives in the United Kingdom gets 
under way Thursday in London with 
Phil Reisman, head of the foreign 
department, presiding. Meetings 
last three days and will be attend- 
ed by representatives in England, 
Scotland, Ireland and Wales. 

Reisman is expected back in New 
York during the first week in No- 
vember. 



MPPDA Directorate Will 

Hold Session Saturday 

MPPDA's board of directors will 
meet at the Hays office Saturday 
morning at 10 o'clock, it was learned 
yesterday. Session will be a con- 
tinuation of two previous adjourned 
meetings. 

Mrs. Sarah Moses Dead 

Pittsburgh — Mrs. Sarah Finkel 
Moses, sister of William Finkel of 
the Arcade and Colonial theaters, 
and Maurice Finkel of the Hilltop 
and Capitol theaters, died at her 
home here. 



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The continued activity 
and increased interest 
and appreciation of 
English Production 
prompts this paper to 
incorporate in the 1939 
Film Year Book a com- 
plete English Section 
which will be of un- 
usual and vital interest 
to the industry here 
and abroad. 

THE FILM YEAR BOOK 

1501 Broadway New York City 

The 1939 edition now in preparation 



Something to Get Excited Over 



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Tuesday, October 1 1 ,1938 



2 MORE UNITS ACCEPT 
REFORM PARLEYS BIDS 



(Continued from Page 1) 

of Iowa and Nebraska is withhold- 
ing action on the invitations until 
its board votes on the issue during 
its annual convention now in prog- 
ress in Des Moines. A decision is 
expected today. 

The executive committee of the 
West Virginia Managers Associa- 
tion is reported to be considering 
the invitation today. 



Elmer J. Barnard,, Para. 

Indianapolis Mgr., Dead 

(Continued from Page 1) 

known throughout the Mid-West, 
joined Paramount in 1924 as assis- 
tant shipper in the Ad Sales De- 
partment of the Chicago Exchange 
and later became Ad Sales Manager 
at the Indianapolis, Cincinnati and 
later Chicago branches. Barnard 
returned to the Chicago office in 
1927 as salesman and in March of 
1933 was appointed sales manager 
of that exchange until August of 
1936 when he became branch man- 
ager of the Indianapolis Exchange. 

No successor, has been appointed 
as yet. 

A native of Chicago, Barnard was 
educated at Chicago Tech and Chi- 
cago University. 



Ark. ITO Defers Meeting; 
Waits on Reform Parleys 



Little Rock, Ark. — The semi-an- 
nual convention of the Arkansas 
ITO, scheduled for Oct. 16-17 here, 
has been postponed, according to J. 
F. Norman, president. The meet- 
ing will probably be held sometime 
in November, it was announced. 

Impending trade reform confer- 
ences in New York was believed to 
be a factor in the postponement 
decision. 



Buddy Rogers Recovered 

Chicago — Fully recovered from 
injuries received in a motor mishap 
last week, Buddy Rogers and his 
ork opened yesterday at the Hotel 
Sherman. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 11 

Lillian Hackett 

Maurice Pivar 




T T T 

• • • PROCLAMATION issued by Governor Marlcmd of 

Oklahoma to all citizens oi the state to aid in the dedication oi 

the Will Rogers Memorial at Claremore on November 4th he will 

send about 5,000 invitations to governors and notables in other states 

also Vice-President John N. Garner, and Chairman Jesse Jones oi 

the RFC have been invited to speak at the dedication 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • ARRANGEMENTS are being made with NBC for 

coverage oi the ceremonies plans call for brief talks by 

President Roosevelt, Eddie Cantor, George M. Cohan and Fred 

Stone by remote control a program will start at 9 a.m. on the 

Memorial grounds, but the dedicatory services will be at 12 noon 

arrangements will be made for about 20,000 people to be 

accommodated on the sloping area in front of the Memorial 

the life size bronze of Rogers, done by Jo Davidson, will be in 
place in the Memorial 

▼ T T 

• • • IT SEEMS that the Grand Street Boys Club and the Mecca 

Temple, both in the neighborhood of Loew's Ziegield run quite a 

few stag shindigs many members are faced with the problem: 

What to do with the frau during these nocturnal clambakes? 

Gilbert Marbe, Manager of the Ziegfeld, has offered a solution to Judge 
Goldstein of the Grand Street Boys "Park your wives at the Zieg- 
feld!" it sounded good to the Judge so he posted the sugges- 
tion on the bulletin board 

T T ▼ 

• • • GUEST speakers and entertainers at the first general 

meeting of the Film Division of the Theater Arts Committee 

will be Sylvia Sydney, Richard Watts, Jr., Leland Stowe, Ben 

Grauer, Lief Erikson, Harold Rome and Michael Loring 

Louis Nizer will preside the meeting will be held at the Hotel 

Astor on Friday eve, at 9 o'clock no admission charge 

all persons connected with the film biz are invited the affair 

is being held to organize the Film Division of TAC on a permanent 
basis, and to launch the season's program of anti-fascist activities. 

T T T 

• • • FOR THAT Eddie Golden shindig at Minneapolis recently 

classy black-and-gold invitations were sent out with a $10 

charge Jack Cohn received one, and penciled a circle around the 

charge, and sent it to Eddie with the query: "Does this include train 

fare?" "How-in'ell do I know? All I'm doing is furnishing the show 

on a 60 - 40 basis." 

T T T 

• • • NEAT TIE-UP by Paramount with the University of 

Arkansas football team known as "The Arkansas Travelers" 

in connection with their forthcoming trip to San Francisco for the 
Santa Clara game on Oct. 22 the team will travel on the Razor- 
back Special, which will be greeted by Jimmy Cherry in Dallas, 
on behalf of the Majestic theater there, where "The Arkansas 

Traveler" will play at Fort Worth the greeter will be Frank 

Weatherford, of the Interstate Theaters in Abilene, by Wally 

Akin, of the Paramount in El Paso by John Paxton, of the 

Plaza and in Tucson, Arizona, by Harry Nace of the Orpheum 

in each town the team and 60-piece band will parade to the 

theater where the Paramount film is playing 



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GOLD, SCHLAIFER ON 
UA DOMESTIC SALES! 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ception and Silverstone said he was 
making the promotion in line with 
the company's policy of advancing 
men from the ranks. 0* 

Canadian sales will continUv, un- 
der the direction of Haskell Mas- 
ters. No other changes in person- 
nel or in the operation of the com- 
pany are contemplated, Silverstone 
emphasized. 

At an informal press conference, 
Silverstone clarified reports linking 
Alexander Korda with the produc- 
tion of pictures for other distribu- 
tors. Korda, he said, "has neithei 
the inclination nor the legal right" 
to make product for any other com- 
pany. The fact that Korda's stu- 
dios in London are available foi 
American producers has resulted in 
stories indicating that Korda, per- 
sonally, would make pictures foi 
outside organizations, Silverstone 
said. 

A trade showing of United Ar- 
tists short subjects, "World Win- 
dows," will be held next week. | 
was revealed that scenes taken in 
side the Vatican and of activities o\ 
the Pope and church officers woul< 
be incorporated into a special re 
lease of four or five reels in length 
This will be one of the "Worh 
Windows" series in Technicolor. 



Distributors' Foreign Heads 
Await Rome Meeting Report 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of European representatives of th 
majors tomorrow or Wednesday h 
Rome, to try and further clarify thi 
Italian situation. The meeting ii 
New York is believed to have beei 
called to hear a report on the Ital 
ian developments from representa 
tives who attend the Rome session 



Still Negotiating Film 

Section in U. S.-U. K. Pact 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM BAIL 

Washington — The proposed Anglo 
American trade treaty is still som 
distance from the signature state 
it is reported in State Departmen 
circles. 

The Film Daily learns that Grea 
Britain is yet to give a final answe 
on all important articles in the pri 
jected pact, with the ticklish fil 
question still among those subje' 
to negotiation. 



STORKS! 



Philadelphia — Herbert M. Millei 
managing editor of the Jay Emanue 
Publications, is the dad of a son 
born to Mrs. Miller yesterday at th 
Hanneman Hospital. 



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MOANIN' MOUNTAIN MUSIC-EARTHY HUMOR! 




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Reviews o% the Hew films 



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"Dark Rapture" 

Universal 79 Mins. 

GRAND ADVENTURE IN BELGIAN CON- 
GO EXCITING, ABSORBING, BEAUTIFULLY 
PHOTOGRAPHED. 

At last we have a picture of Africa that 
catches the spirit of the country in its 
entirety, without overemphasis on animal 
thrills, hoke scenes or the terrific hardships 
encountered by the explorer-adventurer- 
showman. Armand Denis and Leila Roose- 
velt, his wife, went out to make a picture 
that sincerely and realistically portrays the 
Belgian Congo as it really is. They have 
succeeded magnificently. What amazed us 
was the fact that there was not a hoke 
scene in it; not a single attempt to jazz it 
up sensationally with fake animal fights or 
to introduce some phoney sex angle. The 
selection of a drawing-room society drama 
title for the film was an awful boner. This 
film should have gone out with a strong, 
gutsey title with the flavor of the jungle in 
it. For the production is a pushover as an 
exploitation picture on its merits as a great 
jungle film carrying scenes never caught by 
a camera. The direction of this African saga 
is especially commendable. It is built up 
in long sequences covering most interesting 
phases of the country and its people, their 
life and habits, so that the film has the 
effect of a great drama of adventure more 
powerful and effective than any fictional 
creation could be. It is not a series of 
unrelated shots edited together as most pre- 
vious African films have been. A brief sum- 
mary of the expedition's adventures will 
serve to show its entertaining potentialities. 
Opens with the big motor trucks crossing 
the Sahara, with the wheels sinking in the 
sand up to the hubs, just crawling along. 
Later the safari starts into the interior, with 
the native boys carrying the bundles of 
equipment. The tribe of Urandis, a physi- 
cally powerful people, are shown in the 
unique yearly ceremony of giving the test of 
manhood to the youth of the tribe, and 
another ceremonial in which the warriors 
submit to flagellation to show their courage 
as a brawny tribesman wraps a stinging lash 
around their naked bodies with all his 
strength. The pigmies of the forest have 
never been so graphically and clearly pre- 
sented as in this production. Denis shows 
conclusively that they are a kindly, simple 
people, and not the savages that other Afri- 
can films have made them appear. They 
are tremendously active and industrious, and 
the long sequences showing their skill in 
building a bridge are so suspenseful that the 
audience applauded spontaneously when the 
native swinging on the single strand of 
heavy vine finally swung over the river to 
the opposite bank from a height of over 
170 feet. Each step in the building of the 
jungle bridge is followed, as a line of natives 
crawl over the first cable, each carrying 
another strand, till eventually the swinging 
bridge is completed. The dance ceremonials 
of the giant tribe directly descended from 
the Egyptians is a novelty treat. The cus- 
toms of their ancestors are clearly seen 
operating today with the slaves of inferior 
blood doing their masters' bidding. The 
dignity of the chiefs and their women, all 
over six feet in height, will amaze those 
who think all African tribes are a low order 



"Down on the Farm" 

with Jed Prouty, Spring Byington, 
. Louise Fazenda 

20th Century-Fox 61 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 
ONE OF THE BEST OF THE JONES FAM- 
ILY SERIES; SCORES HEAVILY AS LAUGH 
WINNER. 

This is easily one of the best of the 
"Jones" series to date. It is built for laughs 
and wins chuckles, guffaws and belly laughs. 
Malcolm St. Clair provided a fast tempo and 
extracted a full measure of comedy from 
the various situations. John Stone rates 
considerable praise for his work as asso- 
ciate producer. Eddie Collins, Louise Faz- 
enda, Dorris Bowdon and Roberta Smith are 
newcomers to the Jones' series and do out- 
standing work. Robert Ellis and Helen Logan 
contributed a very amusing screenplay, based 
on stories by Homer Croy, Frank Fenton 
and Lynn Root. Jed Prouty and his family 
accept an invitation to spend a week on 
Louise Fazenda's farm. Prouty, who was a 
corn-husking champion in his youth, en- 
gages in a husking contest, which develops 
into a campaign stunt for his state senatorial 
campaign when the Marysville Chamber of 
Commerce sends its leading members to 
the event. Sidney Blackmer, political leader, 
has Prouty kidnapped, and Prouty's friends 
who have wagered heavy amounts on Prouty 
become frantic. Young Billy Mahan, Prouty's 
son, and Roberta Smith rescue Prouty. 
Prouty is so stimulated by corn liquor sup- 
plied at the right time by Eddie Collins that 
he wins the contest. 

CAST: Jed Prouty, Spring Byington, 
Louise Fazenda, Russell Gleason, Ken Howell, 
George Ernest, June Carlson, Florence Rob- 
erts, Billy Mahan, Eddie Collins, Dorris Bow- 
don, Roberta Smith, Marvin Stephens, Wil- 
liam Haade, John T. Murray, William Irving. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, John Stone; 
Director, Malcolm St. Clair; Based on origi- 
nal stories by Homer Croy, Frank Fenton, 
Lynn Root; Characters by Katharine Kava- 
naugh; Screenplay, Robert Ellis and Helen 
Logan; Cameraman, Edward Snyder; Editor, 
Harry Reynolds; Art Directors, Bernard 
Herzbrun and Boris Leven; Musical director, 
Samuel Kaylin. 

DIRECTION, Fast. PHOTOGRAPHY, Very 
Good. 



of savages. The animal interest has been 
mostly confined to the presentation of the 
elephant, but presented more dramatically 
than has ever been done before. The train- 
ing of a young captured elephant to carry 
a native on its back, with the animal doing 
its best to roll over and kill its master, is a 
real thrill. Then later the elephant hunt, 
with one specimen being singled from the 
herd, as the natives bind its legs with ropes 
and tie it to a tree. It tears up the enor- 
mous tree by the roots, and is free again. 
Then the recapture, with one native sent 
whirling through the air with a swish of 
the enraged beast's trunk. The climax has 
a brush fire sweeping toward the canvas 
covered wagons being drawn by elephants, 
with the animals cut loose and rushed to 
the river and safety, sacrificing the wagons 



"Secrets Of An 
Actress" 

with Kay Francis, George Brent, Ian Hunter, 
Isabel Jeans, Gloria Dickson 

Warners 71 mins. 

SHOULD DO BIZ WITH TRIANGLE 
STORY SMOOTHLY HANDLED BY FINE 
NAME CAST. 

Although the old triangle story is re- 
furbished in this new release, it still has 
appeal, and it is smoothly heralded by a 
fine cast in this case. "Secrets Of An 
Actress" should please the average audi- 
ence, but for the action fans it is a little 
too polite, in fact, it is exceptionally po- 
lite, and not a mean word is passed or a 
blow struck throughout the film. Kay 
Francis is O.K. in the lead role. George 
Brent is effective and Ian Hunter gives 
his usual suave and finished performance. 
Isabel Jeans and Gloria Dickson handle 
supporting roles neatly. William Keighley 
in directing the film has gotten the most 
from a sophisticated script without action. 
Kay accidentally meets Hunter, who agrees 
to back a play she would like to appear 
in. Hunter, who is partner with Brent 
in a firm, and Brent both fall for her 
and the play is a big success. Kay is al- 
most ready to accept Brent's imminent 
proposal when she discovers he is already 
married to Miss Dickson who won't divorce 
him. She agrees to marry Hunter, but 
not dead, and Hunter tricks 
giving Brent a divorce so that 
pair can live blissfully ever 



Brent, Kay Francis, Ian 

Dickson, Isabel Jeans, 

Dennie Moore, Selmer 

Rawlinson, Emmet Vogan, 



chivalry is 
Gloria into 
the happy 
after. 

CAST: George 
Hunter, Gloria 
Penny Singleton, 
Jackson, Herbert 
James B. Carson. 

CREDITS: Produced by Warner Bros.; 
Director, William Keighley; Screenplay, 
Milton Krims, Rowland Leigh and Julius 
Epstein; Cameraman, Sid Hickox; Editor, 
Owen Marks. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 

C. F. Hopkins Recovering 

Harrisburg, Pa. — C. Floyd Hop- 
kins, Harrisburg representative of 
the Wilmer & Vincent Corp., in- 
jured when struck by a locomotive 
in Utica, N. Y., where he had gone 
to attend funeral services of John 
Malloy, former Altoona theater man- 
ager, is recuperating at his home. 

and, as the announcer states: "everything 
but the films." We can wink at this bit of 
showmanship, for it is done without hoke. 
But the rest of the film is so authentic, 
realistic and graphically done that it affords 
an hour of grand entertainment. The cam- 
era work is exceptionally fine. There isn't 
a blurred shot anywhere. The Denis- 
Roosevelt combo has turned in what will 
rank as the most authentic and exciting 
film of Africa to reach the screen. The 
narration is finely done, also. 



'Personal Secretary' 






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with William Gargan, Joy Hodges 
Universal 61 Mins 

SILLY STORY OF NEWSPAPER/*" OL- 
UMNISTS IN MURDER MYSTERY 1 HAT 
FURNISHES NO THRILLS. 

A Hollywood conception of how colum 
nists on daily newspapers live their royal 
lives and go out and solve crimes that 
have stumped the police, with the help 
of a clever secretary while the police do 
not enter into the murder case at all. It 
is all very quaint and childlike in its sim- 
plicity, and might just as well be the 
work of some high school students who 
were asked to knock off a film scenario 
as part of their home work. To present 
it as serious work of professional writers 
in Hollywood is what constitutes the main 
mystery far more confusing than the mys- 
tery in the plot. William Gargan is the 
clever columnist who is in a word feud 
with Joy Hodges, who runs a column on a 
rival paper. She uses astrology to help 
prove that a woman on trial for poisoning 
her husband is innocent, while Gargan in 
his column is sure she is guilty. For some 
reason, no one knows the identity of the 
astrologer-columnist. This gives her a 
chance to become secretary of her rival 
to get the lowdown on him. Of course she 
falls in love with him, which makes her 
problem very tough. Meanwhile he goes 
on the air on his program and takes blasts 
at the other columnist, who is sitting up 
nights to run her two jobs. From this basic 
absurdity the action moves on to other ab- 
surdities, till a poison clue is discovered by 
the girl which convinces her boss-rival col- 
umnist that she has been right all the 
time and that the poor wife did not mur- 
der her hubby. We realize this all sounds 
silly to read, so you can imagine how silly 
it is to have it dished out at you more 
graphically in pictures on the screen. Now 
the two rival columnists work together to 
uncover the real poisoner, and he is un- 
covered without one thrill or suspense 
sequence being provided the audience. 
William Gargan and Joy Hodges do noble 
work against the handicaps of the ama- 
teurish story. Andy Devine and Ruth 
Donnelly as stooges for the two columnists 
furnish sorely needed laughs in this futile 
film. Director Otis Garrett rates sympathy 
for struggling through a hopeless script 
and making it sound far less silly than 
it is. 

CAST: William Gargan, Joy Hodges, 
Andy Devine, Ruth Donnelly, Florence Rob- 
erts, Samuel S. Hinds, Kay Linaker, Louise 
Stanley, Matty Fain, Selmer Jackson, Jack 
Carr. 

CREDITS: Producer, Max H. Golden; 
Director, Otis Garrett; Authors, Betty Laid- 
law, Robert Lively, Charles Grayson; 
Screenplay, Same; Cameraman, Stanley Cor- 
tez. 

DIRECTION, Handicapped by material. 
Photography, Good. 



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Ochs Is Convalescing 

Cleveland — Herbert Ochs, Vita- 
graph manager operated on last 
week for removal of a kidney stone, 
is reported on the mend at St. 
Vincent's Hospital where he will 
remain another week or two. 






Tuesday, October 11, 1938 



DAILY 



ALPERSON IS NAMED 
VIGE-PREXY OF GN 



Edward L. Alperson yesterday 
was elected vice-president in charge 
of distribution of Grand National 
■: at a meeting 1 of the board of direc- 
; tors -^Previously, Alperson had been 
I] desi,__ited as general sales man- 
ager. 
E. W. Hammons, president, and 
. lack Barnstyn, foreign manager, 
..', sail tomorrow for England on the 
r : . Normandie to set a foreign distri- 
. buiion deal. Sam Berkowitz, gen- 
j. eral manager of Fine Arts, which is 
-. to make 26 pictures for GN release, 
•; also is sailing on the Normandie. 
■: Hammons and Barnstyn return on 
; the Queen Mary Oct. 26. 



Southwest Exhibs. Splurge With Ads 

Oklahoma City — First seasonal ad campaigns of most houses in the southwestern 
area are the largest in several years with more space being devoted not only to 
first-run but the nabe houses as well. 

Advertising is nearly all directed along the lines of the better press book copy. 
The smaller town houses are using more local copy than in previous years, employing 
everything from local testimonials of authorities to managerial recommendations. 

Advertising by circuits has been particularly heavy and in several offices added 
personnel has been placed in copy departments. 



Industry Leaders Going 

To Eddie Golden Dinner 



De Vry to Add 500 Reels 

to Educational Library 



Plans for expansion of the com- 
pany's offices at 52 Vanderbilt Ave. 
and the augmenting of the present 
; library of educational film subjects 
; from 167 complete reels to 667 reels. 
; 2xclusive of the numerous miscel- 
; laneous subjects, brought Herman 
' A. De Vry, president of De Vry 
: Corp., to New York yesterday morn- 
| ing from Chicago aboard the Com- 
aiodore Vanderbilt. 
His organization, he declared, has 
. been working on what he describes 
,|as "very ambitious plans for show 
' business," but declined to expand on 
this statement until the program is 
ready for launching. 

The Newsreel Projector, an- 
nounced some time ago by De Vry, 
lis on the way, and is aimed at the 
projection of 16 mm. film and will, 
he claims, eventually supplement 35 
mm. machines. 

This conclusion, according to De 
Vry, is justified upon several 
grounds, among them the excellent 
(effects which can be achieved by 16 
mm. projectors via the combination 
of fine grain stock, excellent lenses, 
and the perfection of high intensity 
projection lighting. 

Out at the De Vry School, the 

| course embraces television as a part 

i of the electronic field, De Vry said. 

He expects to leave New York 

tomorrow by rail for Chicago. 



Conventions Aid Biz 

Chicago — With several large con- 
ventions here this week, Loop the- 
ater biz is benefiting. 



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Rats 

Houston — Sol A. Rosenblatt, New York 
film attorney, addressed the A F of L 
convention here yesterday, warning that, 
"The 'bubonic plague' of hostile move- 
ments is abroad in our country, car- 
ried by red, black and brown shirted 
rats." 

Rosenblaltt urged enactment of legis- 
lation which deny the ballot to "that 
so-called citizen" who "desires to ex- 
ercise his right of franchise against the 
liberties we esteem and reverence so 
highly." 



(Continued from Page 1) 

berg and William Scully of Univer- 
sal, Y. Frank Freeman and Austin 
Keough of Paramount, William F. 
Rodgers of Metro, George Dembow 
and Herman Robbins of National 
Screen, W. Ray Johnston of Mono- 
gram and C. C. Pettijohn of the 
MPPDA. 

Will H. Hays also will attend if 
appointments make it possible, it 
was said yesterday. Former Mayor 
James J. Walker will be one of the 
principal speakers. 

Most of the Eastern contingent 
will leave by the Pennsylvania Lim- 
ited from Penn Station at 2:45 p.m. 
Thursday. They are due to arrive 
at the Union Station in Chicago 
early the following morning and 
will assemble in the "green coach" 
of the Burlington Zephyr, arriving 
in Minneapolis 3 p.m., Friday. This 
special coach directly in back of 
the tap room has been reserved for 
the "Golden Gang." 

Among Monogram franchise hold- 
ers who will be on hand are Henri 
Elman, Chicago; Charles W. Trampe, 
Milwaukee; Nate Schultz, Cleve- 
land; Forrest Judd, Des Moines; 
Charles Weiner, Minneapolis; Steve 
Broidy and Ben Welansky, Boston. 

Pete Harrison is arriving from 
Hollywood with a group of six ex- 
ecutives in a specially chartered 
plane. 

Many of the celebrants are stay- 
ing an extra day for the Minneap- 
olis-Michigan home-coming football 
game to take place in Minneapolis 
on Saturday. 



Exhibs. from Three States 
At Dallas V. C. Tournament 



Dallas — Execs, and exhibs. from 
Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico 
were here yesterday to the number 
of several hundred for the annual 
fall golf tournament of the local 
Varietv Club at Lakewood Country 
Club. 

Visitors began to arrive Saturday, 
and established headquarters at the 
Adolphus Hotel. Pre-tournament 
stag Saturday night followed the 
Texas-Oklahoma football game. Ban- 
quet and dance closed the three-day 
party last night. 



Switch Criterion Pix 

Switch in bookings puts "Broad- 
way Musketeers" into the Criterion 
Theater Thursday instead of the 
announced "Touchdown Army." 



Herman Wobber to Attend 
MPTOA Oklahoma Parley 

(Continued from Page 1) 

j to Los Angeles for studio confer- 
ences with Darryl F. Zanuck on next 
season's product. Following the stu- 
dio conferences he will meet in L. A. 
with James P. O'Loghlin, Canadian 
district leader and Kent Drive chief- 
tain, to outline product details be- 
fore O'Loghlin starts his third and 
final swing of the Kent Drive. 

O'Loghlin will be accompanied on 
his tour by William J. Clark, short 
subjects sales manager, and the 
three 20th-Fox division managers, 
William J. Kupper, William C. Geh- 
ring and William Sussman, in their 
respective territories. Wobber will 
return to New York as soon as 
O'Loghlin starts his trip. 

Michigan Allied to Hear 

William F. Rodgers Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Theaters of Michigan. Rodgers ar- 
rives this morning from Chicago. 

Exhib. unit's directors held a 
closed meeting yesterday and, while 
no statement was forthcoming, it is 
understood that the trade reform 
parley proposals made last week by 
distributors committee headed by 
Sidney R. Kent, 20th-Fox prexy, 
were discussed. National Allied's 
board meets Oct. 17 to determine 
Allied's course of action. 

Convention here continues tomor- 
row when Abram F. Myers will 
speak. 

Rodgers is being accompanied 
here from Chicago by Jack Flynn, 
Metro district manager. Upon leav- 
ing here, Rodgers will head for Min- 
neapolis where, on Friday night, he 
will be Al Steffes' guest at the Eddie 
Golden testimonial. 



S-l to Make American 

Version of Swedish Pix 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Los Angeles — Selznick Interna- 
tional has purchased "Intermezzo" 
which was made in Swedish by 
Svensk Filmindustri and will make 
an American version. Merritt Hurl- 
burd, who has just joined Selznick 
International, will be associate pro- 
ducer on "Intermezzo." 



MPA Meets Oct. 18 

Business meeting and luncheon 
has been scheduled by Motion Pic- 
ture Associates at Gallagher's Res- 
taurant for Oct. 18, it was an- 
nounced yesterday. Plans for the 
drive for advertising for the MPA 
Journal will be discussed at the 
meeting. 



300 RESERVATIONS IN 
FOR MPTOA SESSIONS 

(Continued from Page 1) 

total 300, it was said yesterday by 
Morris Loewenstein, convention 
committee chairman. 

Comparable interest is reflected 
by reservation of exhibit booths; 
23 of the original 25 have been 
taken, causing the committee to set 
up eight additional. 

Ed Levy, general counsel for 
MPTOA has wired for six reserva- 
tions. Loewenstein has also an- 
nounced receipt of the following 
reservations for the convention from 
the delegation of the Kansas-Mis- 
souri Association which will hold a 
meeting here during the MPTOA 
meet: Frank Cassil, director; George 
Hartlman, director; T. W. Edwards, 
director; H. J. Strowig, director; 
Ed Rolsky, director; John C. Stapel, 
President; R. R. Biechele, sec- 
treas; A. J. Simmons; Roy Dun- 
nock; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Barron; 
U. F. Sullivan; S. Schawam; War- 
ren Weber; Mrs. June Metcalf; H. 
B. Doering; J. C. Pennington; W. J. 
McKinney; Sam Sosna; Louis 
Sosna; Fenton Jones; Frank Bower; 
Russel Borg and Grand National; 
Ben Marcus with Columbia; Pat 
Pinnel with Grand National; Doug- 
las Desch with Gaumont-British; 
Bill Warner with Biograph; George 
Nescher; Charles Gregory with 
National Screen; F. C. Hensler with 
Loew's; E. A. Harris with Alex- 
ander Film Co. 

Loewenstein has also announced 
that arrangements have been com- 
pleted to secure the new downtown 
Oklahoma City Municipal Auditor- 
ium for the Movie Ball planned for 
the last night of the convention. 



"Brother Rat" Premiere 

On Kate Smith CBS Hour 



Said to be the first time that a 
picture's world premiere has been 
tied in with a commercial air pro- 
gram, debut of Warners' "Brother 
Rat" at Virginia Military Institute, 
Lexington, Va., on Oct. 20 will get 
radio recognition via Kate Smith's 
show on the CBS hookup of 97 sta- 
tions from 8 to 9 p.m., EST. 

Participating in the broadcast will 
be Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris, 
Eddie Albert and Johnnie "Scat" 
Davis. Miss Lane flies to Lexing- 
ton from the Coast for the premiere, 
while Robert S. Taplinger, Warner 
studio publicity director, now here 
for home office conferences, will fly 
from New York. 



WEDDING BELLS 



Syracuse, N. Y. — Engagement of 
Al Gilbert, owner of the Riviera 
Theater, and Fifi Poliacoff, daughter 
of a New York restaurateur, Is an- 
nounced. Wedding probably will 
take place in January. 



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COURT REFUSES PHILLY 
DUALS CASE REVIEW 



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provisions against dualing of their 
feature length pix. 

The Court gave no reason for its 
decision, technically a denial of a 
petition for writ of certiorari. Those 
appealing the case from the lower 
court included Vitagraph, Inc., RKO 
Distributing Corp., Paramount Pic- 
tures Distributing Corp., Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Cor- 
poration, Fox Films Corporation, 
and United Artists Corporation. 

Harry Perelman and Louis Perel- 
man, individually and as co-part- 
ners, were respondents. 

The majors were charged with 
violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the 
Sherman Act and Section 3 of the 
Clayton Act by conspiring to re- 
strain interstate commerce in mo- 
tion picture films through inserting 
in their contracts as distributors 
with exhibitors provisions whereby 
exhibitors agreed not to show an- 
other full length feature film on the 
same program with the majors fea- 
ture-length films. 

The District Court in Philadelphia 
found that a conspiracy in restraint 
of trade existed, that it was in vio- 
lation of Section 1 of the Sherman 
Act and Section 3 of the Clayton 
Act, and entered a decree enjoining 
the majors from continuing of car- 
rying into further effect the double 
feature clause. The Circuit Court 
of Appeals affirmed the decision of 
the District Court to the extent that 
it found that the petitioners had 
violated Section 1 of the Sherman 
Act. Although the circuit court did 
not determine the question of viola- 
tion of Section 3 of the Clayton 
Act, it affirmed in entirety the de- 
cree of the District Court. 

The distributing companies con- 
tended before the Supreme Court 
that the Circuit Court erred in af- 
firming the decree of the District 
Court but the High Court refused 
to hear the case. 



By RALPH WILK 



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HOLLYWOOD 
De Sainte-Colombe Remaining 
AUL DE SAINTE-COLOMBE, 
who came to America to study 
the public reaction to his English- 
made film, "I Married A Spy," is 
remaining in Hollywood, writing for 
American pictures. He is well 
known for his legal and literary 
work in France. He is the recipient 
of a French Academy award, and 
his book on American handwriting 
will be published soon by Double- 
day-Doran. 

T T T 

Weissmuller as Educator 

Johnny Weissmuller, who has 
signed a new three-year termer with 
M-G-M, will be an educator in his 
next "Tarzan" picture. He will train 
a five-year old — still being sought 
by the studio — to be a junior Tar- 
zan in an African jungle locale. 



Lewin Going to Europe 

Following treaties abroad, Pro- 
ducer Albert Lewin will follow his 
original plan for a European vaca- 
tion and will leave in about three 
weeks. Whlie in England, he will 
combine his rest with a supervisory 
eye on the background filming for 
"Knights of the Round Table," 
which he is soon to make. 



The Busy Mister Ruggles 

In addition to his acting duties on 
the screen and radio, Charlies Rug- 
gles is active in four business in- 
terests, including his dog kennels, a 
partnership in a Beverly Hills per- 
sonal service bureau, the develop- 
ment of a real estate tract in Po- 
mona, and a patent oil conserving 
invention for cars. 



Schwartz Hospitalized 

Canton, 0.— Ben Schwartz, mana- 
ger of Warners' Ohio here, is in 
Mercy Hospital here following an 
operation for an injured cartilage 
in his knee. 



41 Features Shooting 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Forty-one pictures are 
before Hollywood cameras with 20th 
Century-Fox heading the list with eight; 
M-C-M is making six.: Warner Bros, 
five; Paramount, RKO and Republic, 
three each, and Columbia and Universal, 
twa each. Selznick, Roach, Small, Gold- 
wyn, Monogram, Sherman, Fine Arts, 
Katzman and Hollywood Productions 
are down for one each. 



Four Rival Interests Ask 

Theater Building Permit 

St. Louis Park, Minn. — This thriv- 
ing Minneapolis suburb is faced with 
the problem of deciding which 
among four applications for permits 
to build a theater for its showless 
5,000 inhabitants should be granted. 

A series of hearings upon the ap- 
plications of Harold Field, Pioneer 
circuit head; Ben Friedman, who 
heads his own circuit throughout 
Minneapolis and southern Minne- 
sota; Benjamin Paust, Minneapolis 
realtor; and Charles Winchell, of 
the Minnesota Amusement Co. have 
brought no decision in the matter. 
Winchell has already been granted 
a permit to build, last Soring, but 
a 60-day construction deadline void- 
ed it. Field is acting as agent for 
certain interests not connected with 
Pioneer. 

All four candidates propose thea- 
ters costing $100,000 or more, with 
approximately 1,000 seat capacities, 
and the final decision will probably 
rest on the sites selected by each 
applicant for the location of his 
house. Field has promised a gift 
of 10 to 15 acres of land to the vil- 
lage as a playground. 



John T. Belger Dies 

Fort Wayne, Ind. — John T. Bel- 
ger, former Fort Wayne theater op- 
erator, is dead. He formerly op- 
erated the Gaiety Theater, and went 
to Bluffton, Ind., in 1914 to operate 
the Gaiety there for 18 years be- 
fore returning to Fort Wayne in 
1932. His mother, a brother, and 
two sisters survive. 



"Boys' Town" Big in Chi. 

Chicago — Opening of Metro's 
"Boys' Town" at the United Artists 
theater was bigger than that of 
"Marie Antoinette," according to 
William F. Rodgers, Metro's sales 
chief, who was here yesterday. 



400 Ind. Theaters Will Be 
Represented at Convention 

Indianapolis — Associated Theater 
Owners of Indiana convention and 
trade show at the Antlers Hotel 
here Nov. 1-2 will have the largest 
turn-out in the unit's 12-year his- 
tory, it is announced. Approxi- 
mately 400 theaters will be repre- 
sented by owners and circuit execs. 

Program details are being com- 
pleted by the convention committee, 
Marc J. Wolf, I. R. Holycross, 
Ernest L. Miller and Don Rossiter. 

Although exhibit space was not 
made available to manufacturers un- 
til last week, over 75 per cent of the 
space has been contracted for. 
Among the nationally known manu- 
facturers to reserve space for ex- 
hibits are R.C.A. Mfg. Co., National 
Screen Service, Burch Mfg. Co., 
Ideal Seating Co., U. S. Gypsum Co., 
etc. 



New Bank Night Action 

Filed Against Kallet 

Following discontinuance of sep- 
arate actions against Livingston 
Theater. Inc.; Oneida Theater Co.; 
Deposit Theaters, Inc.; Carroll The- 
aters Amusement Co., Inc.; Paka- 
takan Theaters, Inc., and Kallet 
Theaters, Inc., a single suit, involv- 
ing a total judgment of $6,500 
against these six defendants, has 
been reinstituted by Edward Gold- 
stein, who recently purchased the 
New York territorial rights, it was 
revealed yesterday. 

Plaintiff complaint is based on the 
alleged use by the Kallet Circuit of 
Bank Night without paying license 
fees since early in April, 1938. 

Charles Broun Dies 

Roanoke, Va. — Charles M. Broun, 
president of the National Theater 
Corporation, operators of four local 
theatres, died here. 



TO RE-HEAR DALLAS 
ANTI-TRUST SUI1 



(Continued from Page 1) 

year. The appeal was argued o: 
March 28, and on April 25 was re 
turned to the district court bv-g 6 
division of the high court. C lie 
Justice Charles E. Hughes at ha 
time stressed the importance 
"special and adequate findings: 
Subsequently, District Judge Wil 
liam H. Atwell filed his findings an< 
then, in July, granted an appea 
order. 

The Supreme Court yesterdaj 
noted "probable jurisdiction" 
both the Florida and Washingtoi 
Ascap cases. In the Washingtoi 
case, Buck vs. Gallagher the cast 
was assigned for argument imme 
diately following No. 276, the Flor- 
ida case, in which the motion of the 
appellants state's attorney to vacate 
the decree and direct dismissal oi 
the bill of complaint was denied 
The court granted the motion of the 
appelees to substitute George Coup 
er Gibbs, individually and as At- 
torney General of the State of Flor 
ida in place of Cary D. Landis, de 
ceased. 

Probable jursidiction was noted hi 
the case of Ernst K. James, acting! 
tax commissioner of West Virginia 
against United Artists Corp. on a 
tax case. United Artists was grant- 
ed an injunction by the district court 
to halt payments of business and 
occupation taxes to West Virginia, 
which the state claims is due it be- 
cause United Artists engaged in 
business there. 

Petition for writ or certiorari in 
the Douglas Fairbanks vs. United 
States tax case was denied also. 



Mono. Personnel Changes 

Monogram announced personnel 
readjustment yesterday involving 
several branch offices. Earl F. Tay- 
lor was named manager and booker 
of company's Washington exchange, 
where Mrs. C. A. Woodson remains 
as branch cashier. Herman Marks 
is now in charge of bookings in the 
Chicago office, with Jack Berry 
handling the territory there former- 
ly covered by Marks. Robert Drew, 
recently resigned from Big Feature 
Rights, has joined Monogram's Cin- 
cinnati exchange and will act as 
salesman in Kentucky and West| 
Virginia. 



Honor Columbus 

Only one company will close tomor- 
row for the entire day to observe the 
discovery of our fair land by Christopher 
Columbus, with most companies closing 
in the afternoon and a few staying 
open all day. Closing at 1 p.m. will 
be, Paramount, RKO, Monogram, Uni- 
versal, M-C-M and Republic. Twentieth- 
Fox closes all day. Warners, Columbia 
and Gaumont British had no report to 
make one way or another at a late hour 
last night. 



M p P R13I3 A I J I S T 



Intimate in Character 
International in Scope 
Independent in Thought 



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Of Motion Pictures 
Now Twenty Years Old 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 12, 1938 



TEN CENTS 



Consider Extension of Quiz Closing Date on Oct 25 

NO ADVANCE REFORM PLAN SUBMISSION! D OF J 

Iowa-Neb. Unit Will Participate in Distrib. Parleys 



vVolcott, Prexy, and Mans- 
field, Director, Named 
to Sit in 

Des Moines — Allied Independent 

' Theater Owners of Iowa and Neb- 

aska will participate in the New 

I i'ork trade reform parleys with the 

distributors committee. 

Action to that end was taken at 
jjthe closing- session of the exhib. 
I .init's two-day convention here yes- 
: terday. Leo F. Wolcott of Eldora, 
Howa, elected prexy for a fifth time, 
' and Wesley Mansfield, of Tama, 
I named a director at the meeting', 

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NEC EXPECTS TO OPEN 
HEARINGS NEXT MONTH 



In all probability the National 
Economic Committee will be able to 
institute the first of its public hear- 
, ings some time in November, U. S. 
Sen. Joseph C. O'Mahoney, chair- 
man, told The Film Daily yester- 
day in New York. 

O'Mahonev. here to address the 
New York Board of Trade, stated 
that a meeting of the full commit- 

(Continued on Pane 3) 

FPC Leads Move to End 
Giveaways, Jump Admish. 

Ottawa — In its co-operative deal- 
ings with independents in connection 
with Motion Pictures' Greatest Year 
Campaign, Famous Players Cana- 
dian Corp. is leading the way in a 
move for the total abolition of give- 

(Continucd on Pane 4) 



Gulf States' Selling 

Season Nearing Close 

New Orleans — Selling season in 
the Gulf States is practically closed. 

With the Saenger Theaters Corp., 
and its various affiliates reported 
to have bought all but three majors 
for houses in the area consisting of 

(.Continued on Page 3) 



WPA Helps Detroit's Business 

Detroit — Business has increased 25 per cent in this city's nabes within the past 
month, according to Sam Ackerman, operator of the East Side and Loyal. Chief factor 
in improvement, evinced by questioning numerous individual customers, is that many, 
particularly those over 45, are now on the WPA and no longer unemployed. 



SET GN'S FIRST TWO RODGERS, MYERS MAY 
PIX TO BE MADE HERE TALK REFORMS TODAY 



First two features to be made 
in the East by Grand National will 
be "Jitterbug" and "Uptown New 
York," it was learned j^esterday. 
These stories are now in prepara- 
tion and shooting may get under 
way on one of them within the next 
two weeks. 

While it had been reported that 
all of Educational's shorts for GN 
release would be made in the East, 
a number of them will be produced 
in Hollywood. 

Jack Skirball, who is in charge 

(Continued on Page 10) 

Hammons Will Negotiate 
With Several British Cos. 



Grand Rapids — William F. Rodg- 
ers, Metro sales chief, and Abram 
F. Myers, Allied's general counsel 
and board chairman, are expected 
to touch upon the impending dis- 
tributor-exhibitor trade reform par- 
leys in New York in their addresses 
before the convention of Allied The- 
aters of Michigan here today. 

Rodgers was expected yesterday, 
but his appearance instead will co- 
incide with that of Allied's exec. 
Their remarks before the convention 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Distribs. Take Position There 

Can Be No Prior 

Presentation 

Submission of any proposal to the 
Department of Justice prior to the 
impending fair trade practice con- 
ference in New York is not con- 
templated by the distributors, it was 
reliably reported here yesterday. 

It was pointed out that since the 
parleys were being called for the 
purpose of discussing a definite pro- 
gram of trade ethics, there could be 
nothing to submit until groups 
representing both sides of the in- 
dustry met and agreed on a plat- 
form. 

Abram F. Myers, general coun- 
sel and chairman of the board of 
national Allied, said in New York 



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Pane 4) 



Although Grand National is hope- 
ful of renewing its foreign distri- 
bution pact with Associated Brit- 
ish Cinema, negotiations will be 
carried on with other companies 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Rep. Talking Sponsorship 

Deal for Autry On Air 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Republic's studio is 
reported to have completed prepara- 
tion of a radio program with Gene 
Autry as the central personality, 
and Smiley Burnette in a support- 

(Continued on Page 10) 



Campaign General Com 'fee fo Meet 
at Astor Oct 25 on Quiz Extension 



Para. Purchases $977,000 
of Its 3!/4% Debentures 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Paramount Pictures 
Inc., yesterday filed a special re- 
port with the SEC revealing that 
during the period from Jan. 2, 1938, 
to Aug. 31, 1938, it purchased in 
the open market $197,000 principal 
amount of their Z x k convertible de- 

(Continucd on Page 10) 



Possible extension of the Movie 
Quiz closing date will be discussed 
Oct. 25 when the campaign's gen- 
eral committee meets at the Hotel 
Astor, New York, with George J. 
Schaefer, chairman, presiding. It is 
believed that a satisfactory solu- 
tion to the problem will be reached. 

Campaign headquarters has re- 
ceived complaints from regional 
committees relative to the inability 
of many theaters to play a sufficient 

(Continued on Page 9) 



S. CALIF. ITO ASKS 
OCT. 24 PARLEY DATE 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILi 

Los Angeles — Albert Galston, 
prexy of the ITO of Southern Cali- 
fornia and Arizona, has suggested 
Monday, Oct. 24, as the date for his 
organization's trade reform parley 

(Continued on Page 4) 



B & K to Ask Additional 

Time for Suit's Answer 



Chicago — Counsel for B & K will 
appear before U. S. District Judge 
Wilkerson here tomorrow to request 
additional time to prepare the 
answer to the anti-trust suit insti- 

(Continued on Page 3) 



"Letty Lynton" Plagiarism 
Hearing Shifted to Oct. 21 

Scheduled hearing yesterday be- 
fore Special Master Kenneth E. 
Walser at his offices, 40 Wall St., 
on the "Letty Lynton" plagiarism 
action, brought by Edward Sheldon 
and Margaret Ayer Barnes against 

(Continued on Page 4) 




Vol. 74, No. 81 Wed., Oct. 12, 1938 10 Cents 



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"My Son, My Son" Rights 

Cost Ed Small $50,000 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Edward Small Pro- 
ductions has purchased the screen 
rights to the Howard Spring novel, 
"My Son, My Son," for $50,000. 
Small is now negotiating to try to 
bring Spring here from England 
to do the screenplay. Picture will 
be for United Artists release this 
season. 

The book, published by Viking 
Press in America, is currently sell- 
ing 5,000 copies a week. 



Prospects for Vaudeville 

Brighter In Michigan 

Detroit — Prospects for vaudeville 
locally and in Michigan are better 
than in several season, booking 
agents report. Sol Berns' office has 
four and a half weeks of theaters 
now, and four more under negotia- 
tion. 

Marlott-Schlesinger Presentations, 
local booking office, has closed with 
Bernard Besman joining the Mike 
Falk Booking office. Alex Agreenoff, 
formerly with the Gus Sun office, 
has joined the Berns and Byrden 
office. 



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Sonotone Corp 1 % 1 % }% 

Technicolor 223^ 22y 2 223^ — 34 

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SECURITY 



To Try Livingstons' Suit 

Against Para. In Month 

Detroit — Suit of Charles D. Liv- 
ingston of the WXYZ dramatic de- 
partment and his wife, against Par- 
amount Pictures is expected to be 
tried in Federal Court within a 
month. Suit alleges piracy of a 
play by the Livingstons for the 
Bing Crosby film, "Double or Noth- 
ing," and asks $90,000 damages. 



Mo. Governor Opposing 

Increase in Sales Levy 

Jefferson City. Mo. — Governor 
Lloyd C. Stark has announced his 
opposition to any increase in the 
present state 2 per cent sales tax. 
It is believed that an attempt to 
raise the tax rate to 3 per cent will 
be made when the next Missouri 
General Assembly convenes here 
early next January. 



DAILY 



Wednesday, October 12, 19;i f^t 



Gatti Expedition Leaving 
For Belgian Congo Shortly 

Albert E. Lowe, secretary of 
World Wide Export, Inc., 1600 
Broadway, declared yesterday that 
the photographic expedition organ- 
ized under the leadership of Com. 
Attilio Gatti to compile film footage 
in the Belgian Congo will leave 
Brussels, Belgium, by plane late 
this month. Initial destination in 
the Belgian Congo will be Stanley- 
ville. 

Three objectives have been mapped, 
— short subject material for War- 
ners; sequences for a commercial 
film for International Harvester; 
and a full-length feature for the 
Belgian Government. 

Heading the camera crew will be 
Harry E. Squire, who sails from 
New York on Oct. 20. 

Some two tons of photographic 
equipment and supplies have already 
been forwarded from New York by 
World Wide Export, Inc., for use 
by the expedition which will re- 
main, according to present plans, 
for approximately 60 weeks in the 
Belgian Congo. 



125,000 "Quiz" Booklets 

In French Distributed 



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Record Makes Pix Deal 

Fred McConnell, president of Rec- 
ord Pictures, has closed a deal with 
Myron C. Nast of Beverly Hills, 
Calif., to handle the distribution 
throughout the world for "Convicts 
at Large," featuring Ralph Forbes 
and Paula Stone. Record has re- 
leased "Dark Sands" and "The Gang" 
will be ready this month. 



Agree on Wage Scale 

Chicago — A satisfactory agree- 
ment has been reached between 
United Artists and the IATSE re- 
garding the wage scale for UA ex- 
change employes here, it was re- 
ported yesterday. 



Ottawa — The Canadian commit- 
tee of the Motion Pictures' Greatest 
Year campaign, headed by N. A. 
Taylor has completed the publica- 
tion and distribution of 125,000 
Movie Quiz Contest booklets in the 
French language. 

The committee has collected in 
excess of $50,000 in campaign 
pledges from theater circuits, inde- 
pendents and film distributors, ap- 
proximately half of the amount hav- 
ing been received from the prin- 
cipal exchange companies. Campaign 
literature has been sent to 450 the- 
aters from coast to coast, or about 
half of the recognized pix houses 
in the Dominion. These represent 
60 per cent of the total seating ca- 
pacity of Canadian theaters. 



Wrigley Considering Lasky 
Radio Show for Next Year 



Chicago — While commercial spon- 
sorship of a radio show projected by 
Jesse Lasky in association with RKO 
Radio is under consideration for 
next year, there is nothing definite 
to the deal at the present time, it 
was said here yesterday by H. L. 
Webster, Wrigley advertising man- 
ager. 

Wrigley now has two air shows, 
Billy House and the Scattergood 
Bain series. 



ATHENS, GREECE 

Proprietor of commission firm, est. 1923, 
now in New York would like to come in 
contact with Film Producers. 

Write MR. OSTROWSKY 
Hotel Barbizon-Plaza New York City 



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EARLE W. HAMMONS, president of Cra 
National Pictures, sails for Europe today on 1 
Normandie. 

NORMAN H. MORAY, Vitaphone sa 1 " ma 
ager, was in Philadelphia yesterday ^j brri 
with Bill Mansell, Warner branch .ana; 
there. 

JOHN F. GATELEE, IATSE representative 
New England, was in New York yesterday. 

MARC LACHMAN, national exploitation ma 
ager for 20th-Fox, and BILL CHAMBLISS, pu 
licity contact man, are expected to return 
the home office tomorrow morning from Ann 
polis. 

ANTHONY RUDZINSKI, general manager 
the Golden State Film Company, is in Ne ' 
York on a buying trip. 

LESSER SAMUELS, Gaumont British scenaris J 
and his wife and daughter, arrived from Euro) 
this week on the Transylvania from Europe. 

CEORCE BLACK, LOTHAR WOLL WOLF 
CHARLES CILSON and BERT PIKE, of Marc W 
of Time, sailed over the week-end for Sou), 
America on the Brazil. 

HARRY LACHMAN and MRS. LACHMAN 
stopping at the Sherry Netherland. 

JOHN PAYNE, actor, and his wife, ANN HI 
SHIRLEY, leave New York tomorrow for th 
Coast after a vacation here. 

ALAN MOWBRAY, actor, arrives here tomor 
row to attend the premiere of Hal Roach 
"There Goes My Heart" at the Music Hall. ipH 1 

CLIFFORD C. FISHER, producer, and MRS life: 
JULIEN DUVIVIER, sail for Europe today 
the Normandie. 

HERMAN RIFKIN, Republic franchise holde 
in the Boston territory, arrived in New Yorl 
yesterday and returns today to Boston. 

ANN SOTHERN, having completed her rol 
in Walter Wanger's "Trade Winds," arrive 
in New York today for a brief vacation. 

B. W. RICHARDS, president of Standard Pic 
tures, left the Coast yesterday by motor foi 
New York. 

SOL A. ROSENBLATT, film attorney, is at- 
tending the A F of L convention in Houston 

T. KENNEDY STEVENSON, Erpi president, is' 
en route to the Coast by train. 

BEN GOETZ flies East from the Coast today 

SAM WOOD leaves Hollywood today for New 
York and sails early next week for Europe. 



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DAILY 



A.-NEB. UNIT WILL 

TAKE PART IN PARLEY 



{Continued from Page 1) 

ill represent the organization at 

le parleys. 
TV^fcTO voted to hold a series of 

istrcrf, meetings covering the en- 
re territory during the coming 

sar. 
Seven directors to serve for 

iree years were elected yesterday, 
ihey are: W. B. Frankie, Humboldt; 

hi] March, "Wayne, Neb.; W. B. 
i rossman, Nevada; 0. A. B. Hil- 

>n, Sioux City; Clifford Niles, Ana- 

iOsa, and Wolcott and Mansfield. 
I At the subsequent board meeting, 
p. R. Blair of Cedar Falls was 
amed vice-president and Wayne 

utton of Manchester, secretary- 

•easurer. 
Highlights of convention business 

icluded endorsement of the Gov- 
rnment's New York equity suit, 
i ledge of support for a Federal anti- 
[lock booking and blind selling 
patute and a request for a 60-day 

me extension for the Movie Quiz 
bntest. 




ulf States Selling 

Season Nearing Close 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ouisiana, Mississippi, and parts of 
labama and Florida, the majority 
t possibilities and almost all of 
le best playing time is accounted 

r. Only a few indies are left. 

Reported closing with Saenger 
re: M-G-M, Paramount, 20th Cen- 
lry-Fox, Vitagraph. Columbia is 
jported to have a deal, while RKO 
negotiating and Universal and 
nited Artists are said to have 
iken no definite action to date. 



Pep Club Gives Party 

The New York Paramount Pep 
lub will hold a dinner and dance 
the Hotel Astor on Oct. 28. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 12 
Joseph S. Skirball 

Bob Doidge 

James Bradbury, Sr. 

Crauford Kent 

William Nigh 

Amerigo Aboaf 

John Graham 

George A. Noffka 



• • • RUNAROUND given to a representative of a manu- 
facturing concern trying to tie up with a certain star name which was 

already sewed up with other manufacturers the gent wouldn't 

take no for an answer so the guy in charge of tie-ups for the pro- 
ducer was pestered to go to lunch every few days and "talk things 

over" so figuring he might as well have a nice lunch, the 

film mug says: "Okay. Where do we eat?" the commercial gent 

says: "Name your food joint" "The Astor" and so they 

dined at the Astor 

T T ▼ 

• • • AND WHAT happened? you'll never guess 

all through the luncheon film mugs kept ankling up to the table 

and talking to their pal and the poor manufacturing gent 

couldn't get to first base on the star tieup proposition "So 

sorry," apologized the film guy "That's all right," says the 

commercial lad. "Next time we'll go to another restaurant where 

we can talk in PRIVATE." so the film mug says: "Sure. 

We'll make it the Tavern." 

T T T 

• • • SO THE next time they ate and wined at the Tavern 

and this time two film gents drew up extra chairs and sat down at 
the SAME table with the film mug being entertained by the commercial 

lad who wanted to tie up a star and all through the lunch the 

commercial feller learned a lot of dirt about the film biz but nary 

a word of cheer about a tie-up with a certain film star BUT he 

had the pleasure of paying for drinks ordered by the two extra diners 

"So sorry," apologized the film guy "That's all right," says 

the commercial lad. "Next time we'll be sure to go to a restaurant 
where we can talk in PRIVATE" and the film mug, the dirty so- 
and-so, says: "Sure, Well have lunch at Sardi's" well, you know 

what happened at the Astor and the Tavern happened more so at 

Sardi's the commercial guy paid for five lunches and four rounds 

of drinks and later at Dinty Moore's and finally Childs 

weeks had passed at this indoor sport, and still the commercial gent 
hadn't got a word in about the tie-up with the star 

' T T ▼ 

• • • WAS THE commercial gent discouraged? ... .NO. .. . 

he grew foxy "Let ME pick the luncheon place this time," 

he says "Oke," says the film mug "Lefs dine at the 

Automat, just for the novelty of the thing." "Swell," says 

the film mug and at the Automat they ran into nine film 

execs, grabbing their supply of Pumpkin Pie in SEASON 

the poor commercial guy went out filled up with pumpkin pie 
which all the nine film execs, insisted he sample from their plates 
generous guys, these film fellers the film mug is wait- 
ing for another invtiation to lunch from the commercial gent 

who wants to tie up a star a month has passed now, and no 

invite it is beginning to look like a Lost Meal Ticket 

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• • • IT GIVES us extreme pleasure to record that Phil De 
Angelis, the bill posting syndicate of our town, is now a proud grand- 
pappy his daughter-in-law Mrs. Edward De Angelis having pre- 
sented the family with a beautiful baby girl the event took place 

at St. Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers hooray for Yonkers that's 

Our Town 



NEC EXPECTS TO OPEN 
HEARINGS NEXT MONTH 



(Continued from Page 1) 

tee has been scheduled tomorrow in 
Washington to hear reports of the 
executive agancies' preliminary sur- 
veys of. the industries which they 
have been studying for monopolistic 
practices. 

O'Mahoney stated that question- 
naires recently sent to trade asso- 
ciations were being returned to 
Washington in large numbers. Can- 
vass of these replies by the commit- 
tee will start in the near future. 

In his address before the Board 
of Trade at the Astor yesterday, 
Senator O'Mahoney said that he has 
sensed "a growing disposition among 
all elements of our economy to co- 
operate in the effort to make its 
(the NEC's) work a constructive 
contribution to the development of 
the American social system." 

He asserted that "the general 
failure to recognize the distinction 
between natural persons and corpo- 
rations has probably been the prin- 
cipal cause of our economic dis- 
tress," and added, "If we must have 
a planned economy, it must be plan- 
ned by public authority, but per- 
haps it is not necessary to have it 
at all. Perhaps we can still find a 
formula which, in the basic indus- 
tries at least, will eliminate the evils 
of destructive competition while se- 
curing an adjustment that may be 
expected to stabilize employment 
and mass purchasing power." 



B & K to Ask Additional 

Time for Suit's Answer 



(Continued from Page 1) 

tuted recently by local indies, large- 
ly Illinois Allied affiliates. 

Rumors that B & K might seek an 
out of court settlement were met 
here yesterday with the statement 
that Weymouth Kirkland, senior 
member of Kirkland, Fleming, 
Green, Martin and Ellis, attorneys 
representing the circuit, was now 
active in the case, and that prepara- 
tion of the defense was well in 
hand. 

B & K's counsel will oppose the 
application for a temporary injunc- 
tion, made by the plaintiffs, end re- 
turnable for argument before Judge 
Wilkerson on Saturday. 



Unseld In B & H Ad Post 

Chicago — Robert H. Unseld, a 
former American Vice-Consul in 
Surabaya, Java, has been appointed 
assistant advertising manager of 
Bell & Howell. 



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Flitter' s $100,000 

Walter Futter was taking no chances 
on a possible bank moratorium in Lon- 
don in the event that the recent crisis 
in Europe had not ended peacefully, ac- 
cording to Allyn Butterfield, Pathe 
News' managing editor, just back from 
abroad. Futter carried around $100,000 
in a money belt, Butterfield said. 



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Wednesday, October 12, 193 



NO ADVANCE REFORM 
PLAN GOES TO D OF J 



(Continued from Page 1) 

last week that his association was 
willing to join in the sessions, but 
added that the "only condition to 
this is that, in the nature of the 
case, we cannot agree to any pro- 
posals that would not be accept- 
able to the Department of Justice." 

Clarification of Allied's position, 
in the light of Myers' proviso, is ex- 
pected at the meeting of its direct- 
orate next Monday. Board meets to 
act formally on the invitation to 
participate in the reform discus- 
sions. 

Conference quarters in this city 
are yet to be determined, it was 
said yesterday, and may not bie 
until William F. Rodgers returns 
to New York early next week from 
Minneapolis. 

No decision has been reached as 
to whether the parleys will be be- 
hind closed doors or open to repre- 
sentatives of the trade press. Mat- 
ter may be left to the discretion of 
the conferees, it was said yesterday. 



"Letty Lynton" Plagiarism 
Hearing Shifted to Oct. 21 

(Continued from Page 1) 

M-G-M, was postponed until 10.30 
a.m., Oct. 21. 

Hearings currently are concerned 
with determination of damages suf- 
fered by the plaintiff, and are legal 
steps pursuant to the decision rend- 
ered on Aug. 4, 1936, in U. S. Dis- 
trict Court by Federal Judge Knox 
who held that the literary property 
of Sheldon and Barnes, "Dishonored 
Lady," was plagiarized by the de- 
fense. 



Hammons Will Negotiate 
With Several British Cos. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

during E. W. Hammons' stay in 
England. The G. N. prexy sails to- 
day on the Normandie, accompanied 
by Jack Barnstyn, foreign manager. 
Hammons expects to go to Hol- 
lywood for production conferences 
shortly after he returns to the U. S. 
late this month. Jack Skirball will 
be in executive charge during Ham- 
mons' trip abroad. 



WEDDING BELLS 



Pittsburgh— Dorothy Alexander, 
daughter of James Alexander, local 
franchise holder and branch man- 
ager for Republic Pictures, was mar- 
ried to Francis Bright, of this city. 
The newlyweds are honeymooning 
in Washington. 



SHORT SHOTS fROfll EflSTCRII STUDIOS 

^^^== By SID WEISS =^^==^ 



WAITH the Floyd Gibbons' thriller 
series set as a solid shorts at- 
traction and Ira Genet's new color 
series "Mechanix, Illustrated" prov- 
ing another spellbinder, it appears 
that Sam Sax has picked his third 
winner in a row in the Grouch Club. 
This group, which has cut a fancy 
figure in West Coast broadcasting 
circles, definitely reveals celluloid 
possibilities and Lloyd French made 
the most of it in a recently complet- 
ed short. Honors must also go to 
Arthur Q. . Bryan, air announcer, 
making his movie debut in the short. 
In a word, he's a riot. 

Both the William K. Howard-Bern- 
ard J. Steele picture and the Dudley 
Murphy -Harold Orlob production are 
running along smoothly at the As- 
toria studios, both well within their 
schedule. In the former are Wallace 
Ford, Stu Erwin, Aline McMahon 
and Patricia Ellis. Hal Mohr and 
Bill Kelly are in charge of the cam- 
era. Johnny Walker is production 
manager and Harold Godsoe is assist- 
ing Howard in the direction. Fea- 
tured in ". . .one third of a nation. . ." 
are Sylvia Sidney, Leif Erikson, Hi- 
ram Sherman and Muriel Hutcheson. 
Bill Miller and Eddie Hyland are at 
the camera and Saul Harrison is as- 
sisting Murphy. 

# * * 

On and off the sets. . . .Joe Ban- 
non, casting director on the Astoria 
lot, has a memory like an elephant 
— only he's got something to re- 
member! . . .Seldom drops a bet 
where memory is involved. . . .Eddie 
Forman and Jack Henley are collab- 
ing on a Henry Armetta story ■ — 
his last in the East for some time. . . 



Things are booming so well with 
the Eastern Service studios that 
they were forced to build sets at 
the Film Art studios for overflow 
production. . . .And back-to-farm 
advocates: Aline MacMahon, who 
has hers in Croton, N. Y. . . .Eddie 
Senz, crack makeup man, is doing 
the Sam Harris show when he's not 
on the Bill Howard set. . . .Fred 
Reil, another veteran, is now with 
Harold Orlob. . . .Cy Wood is work- 
ing on a story for the Harvest Moon 
dancers. . . .Johnny Hans, who used 
to shoot stills for Henry King, is 
with the ". . . .one third of a na- 
tion. . . ." unit and is turning out 
some grand work. . . .Most of his 
shots look more like portraits than 

stills. . . . 

* * * 

Production notes. . . .Roy Mack 
makes a Woody Herman short on the 
13th. . . .Clyde McCoy starts on the 
nth with Joe Henabery directing. . . . 
Lloyd French is down on the 19th 
with Henry Armetta. . . .On the 25th, 
Mack will do one with the Harvest 
Moon dancers. 

Jim Barton, pal of Bill Howard, 
was on the set the other day and 
kept the cast in a constant howl 
most of the afternoon recounting 
stories as only Barton can . . . . Inci- 
dentally, Wally Ford is no mean 
story-teller himself and his take-off 
on the Hitler proclamation is a clas- 
sic. . . Johnny Walker, associate 
producer of the pix, is running into 
a series of tough breaks ... No 
sooner had his eye healed from a 
cut requiring six stitches than he 
cut it again in a bad fall calling 
for additional needlework. 



Screen Jumbo, New Game, 
Demonstrated for Exhibs. 



Some 75 theatermen attended the 
demonstration showing of Screen 
Jumbo yesterday afternoon in the 
Lincoln Room of the Hotel Lincoln, 
Eighth Ave. at 43rd St. 

Device, invented by Samuel Licht, 
president of Samuel Licht Enter- 
prises of 351 West 44th St., is 
capable of projecting on a screen 
a circular field of assorted numbers, 
which, when motivated by air pres- 
sure, circulated in shuffling pat- 
terns before audiences. A mechan- 
ical "slot" is used to segregate the 
numbers one at a time. Latter 
never repeat during the screen 
game. Screen Jumbo, pursuant to 
the "slot" selection of numbers, is 
played like several other screen 
games, since a block of 25 numbers 
appear on a card with the numeric 
square made up of five numbers to 
a side. 

Licht's organization is retaining 
the New York territorial rights, 
with remaining territories nation- 
ally open. 



Rodgers and Myers May 
Film Trade Reforms Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 

are expected to be of national signi- 
ficance and are eagerly awaited by 
the several hundred exhibs. and ex- 
change men now assembled here. 

Opening session of the convention 
yesterday afternoon followed a 
morning on the Cascade Hills Club 
links. The showmen were welcomed 
by Mayor George W. Welsh, with 
President Ray Branch responding. 
Branch and Treasurer Edgar Kirch- 
ner submitted their reports. 

Allen Johnson of Grand Rapids 
was named chairman of the Resolu- 
tions Committee, Fred Pennell, De- 
catur, chairman of the Membership 
Committee, and Kirchner, chairman 
of the Credentials Committee. 

Conventioneers saw a screening 
of Metro's "Stablemates" last night. 



S. CALIF. ITO ASKS 
OCT. 24 PARLEY DAT!! 






(Continued from Page 1) 

with the distributors' committe 
headed by Sidney R. Kent. 

Galston has sent the fol 1 ^. nnj 
telegram to William F. Rodgers 
Metro sales head, who extended th 
invitations on behalf of the Ken 
committee: 

"We are very pleased with pro 
posed conferences to be held in Ne\> 
York and are particularly impressei 
that you are a member of tha 
committee. We in Southern Califor 
nia have advocated just such a plai 
many months ago. We sincerely be 
lieve that only through such a plai 
can a better relationship be estab 
lished in the industry between ex! 
hibitor and distributor. Thanks foil 
your invitation to this trade confer 
ence. We will be represented bjl 
Robert Poole, our general manager' 
and myself on Monday, Oct. 24 
Please confirm date and place oJ| 
meeting. Kindest regards." 



Babb Joins Filmack 

Chicago — Kroger Babb, advertis- 
ing director for Chakeres-Warner 
theaters in Ohio the past four years, 
now heads the advertising depart- 
ment of the Filmack Trailer Co. 



FPC Leads Move to End 
Giveaways, Jump Admish 

(Continued from Page 1) 

aways and is also pioneering the 
step for increases in admissior 
prices. A survey establishes that 
gift nights have become burden- 
some, particularly in western parts 
It was -found that 15 of the 23 
neighborhood houses in Winnipeg 
were giving premiums and these 
are being voluntarily eliminated. 

No general move is being taken 
for increased admissions in the 
Province of Ontario because of as- 
surances to the Government that 
scales would not be raised following 
the abolishment of the amusements 
tax last year. Elsewhere, however, 
there has been a stiffening of prices, 
notably in Montreal and Winnipeg. 
Policies of two Ottawa first-run 
houses have been changed but this 
did not bring about ticket increases, 
it is pointed out. 



Eastman Gets Injunction 

First contested suit over the Feld- 
Crawford act in the photographic 
industry resulted this week in the 
granting by Justice Edgar J. Lauer 
in local Supreme Court of an in- 
junction restraining Foto Shops, 
Inc., of 136 West 32nd St., from 
selling products of Eastman Kodak 
Co. in violation of the fair trade law. 
Legislation is designed to restrain! 
price cutting. 



Sweet Solution 

Cleveland — Nabe exhib. faced with 
the problem of juve patrons who 
habitually remained through three or 
four shows on Sunday, found his solu- 
tion in a slide reading: 

"Any child leaving the theater at this 
time will be presented with a five cent 
candy bar on his way out." 



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'King of Alcatraz" 



Paramount 
EXCELLENT 



MELLER WITH 



56 Mins. 
UNUSUAL 



G/"-£STER THEME ABOARD SHIP HAS 
G:^D PUNCH. 

Here is a melodrama that carries a ter- 
rific punch and holds a quality of suspense 
that few of the gangster films can equal. 
The grand result is due to a combination 
of things, such as a well-written original 
and script, fine performance by the prin- 
cipals, and some bang-up direction. The 
title is misleading, for it is the tale of a 
gangster who escaped from Alcatraz while 
being transferred to another prison, and 
embarks disguised as an old ladv on a 
tramp steamer with his gang. They take 
over the tramp, and then the meller really 
gets going in high, and stays that way 
to the finish. The action centers around 
two radio officers, both in love with the 
ship's nurse. The gang, under their chief 
(J. Carroll Naish), work systematically, 
taking over the captain and his officers, 
the engineer, the boiler crew, and the radio 
operators. The gang chief wants to put 
a message over the radio to his lieutenant 
on shore to arrange plans for his getaway 
when he reaches shore. Mucft of the sus- 
pense and excitement is built around the 
clever attempt of the two radio men to 
outwit the gangster and get a message for 
help to some other ship. Then there is a 
thrilling sequence when one of the radio 
operators is wounded, and the gangster 
allows the other to radio for medical in- 
structions to another ship while the nurse 
performs the operation. Gail Patrick as 
the girl is just right for the part. Lloyd 
Nolan and Robert Preston as the radio op- 
erators are immense, and really make the 
picture. J. Carroll Naish is a terrifying 
menace, a real tough guy who makes you 
feel he is tough. Harry Carey plays the 
part of the captain of the freighter with 
conviction. But the direction of Robert 
Florey is the main asset, along with a 
tightly knit yarn. 

CAST: Gail Patrick, Lloyd Nolan, Harry 
Carey, J. Carroll Naish, Robert Preston, 
Anthony Quinn, Richard Stanley, Virginia 
Dabney, Nora Cecil, Emory Parnell, Doro- 
thy Howe, John Hart, Philip Warren, Por- 
ter Hall, Richard Danning. 

CREDITS: Director, Robert Florey; Au- 
thor, Irving Reis; Screenplay, Same; Editor, 
Eda Warren; Cameraman, Harry Fishbeck. 

DIRECTION, Excellent. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Very good. 

"If I Were Kin^Gives^ 
N. Y. Para. Biggest Second 

Paramount's "If I Were King" 
closed its second week at the New 
York Paramount Theater with the 
biggest second week's gross in the 
history of the theater. The atten- 
dance for the second week was ap- 
proximately 118,000 admissions. The 
picture is now in its third week, 
along with Tommy Dorsey's ork on 
the stage. 

"Room Service" Held Over 

In addition to its three-week run 
at the Rivoli, which was rounded 
out yesterday, RKO's "Room Ser- 
vice" will be held over for today, 
Thursday and Friday. 



"Young Dr. Kildare" 

with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Lynne 

Carver 
M-G-M 8IV2 mins. 

NEAT MELODRAMATIC STORY MAKES 
FINE ENTERTAINMENT FOR NABE 
AUDIENCES. 

"Young Dr. Kildare" is not a pretentious 
offering, but it has a neat story, some 
good hokum, and an able cast to make it 
first-class entertainment for the neighbor- 
hood patrons. There have been a number 
of screen stories concerning the medical 
profession and there will be many more, 
but given a fresh and intelligent treat- 
ment they make enjoyable entertainment. 
Lew Ayres as the young doctor, and Lionel 
Barrymore as the gruff and noted diag- 
nostician, carry the brunt of the story ably. 
However, they are supported by an ex- 
tremely competent cast which includes, 
Lynne Carver, the feminine interest, Nat 
Pendleton, Samuel S. Hinds and Walter 
Kingsford. Director Harold S. Bucquet has 
managed to make the hokum stuff con- 
vincing and turns in a well-rounded job. 
The screen play was contributed by Wil- 
lis Goldbeck and Harry Ruskin, with Fred- 
erick Faust penning the original story. 
The picture has been given a fine produc- 
tion value and the technical work is good. 
Ayres returns home after two years at 
medical school to find his parents have 
fitted out the parlor as his office. He 
leaves to take a job in New York, however, 
as he believes he has possibilities as a 
diagnostician, and wants the opportunity 
to work in the hosptial that Barrymore is 
connected with. Barrymore singles him 
out as being brilliant, but insults him and 
puts him through some difficult situations 
to make him prove his worth. He does 
prove that he knows his stuff, and after 
he has been discharged by the hospital 
for insubordination he is rehired by Barry- 
more as his assistant, the goal of every in- 
terne who ever worked there. The picture 
is well paced and some good dramatic sit- 
uations as well as comedy has been skill- 
fully worked into the script. 

CAST: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, 
Lynne Carver, Nat Pendleton, Jo Ann 
Sayers, Samuel S. Hinds, Emma Dunn, Wal- 
ter Kingsford, Truman Bradley, Monty 
Wooley, Pierre Watkin, Nella Walker. 

CREDITS: Produced by M-G-M; Direc- 
tor, Harold S. Bucquet; Screenplay, Willis 
Goldbeck and Harry Ruskin; Original Story, 
Frederick Faust; Cameraman, John Seitz; 
Editor, Elmo Vernon. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 

Five Golden Fellowships 

Five additional fellowships have 
been granted to as many promising 
playwrights by the John Golden 
Fellowship Committee, it was an- 
nounced last night by Frank Crown- 
inshield, chairman of the Committee. 
The recipients are: George Sklar, 
Melvin Levy, Robert Turney, Philip 
Lewis and Janet Marshall. The 
giants will be made from a fund of 



"The Lady Objects" 

Columbia 62 Mins. 

UNCONVINCING DRAMA OF SMART 
WIFE AND HELPLESS HUBBY HOLDS 
SLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. 

One of the futile and inconsequential 
offerings in the school of stories about a 
brilliant career woman and her less bril- 
liant husband. She wanted a career. He 
wanted a home and love. The wife (Gloria 
Stuart) starts as a secretary in the law 
office, and the first thing you know she 
is a junior partner and a brilliant lawyer 
with everybody in the city knowing how 
brilliant she is. Right there the story 
loses all conviction. The rest of the plot 
does not strengthen it any. The husband 
(Lanny Ross) acts like a mechanized fig- 
ure, and only when he sings does he seem 
to take on life. Finally, hubby gets fed 
up by his wife turning their fashionable 
home into a bar association for all the 
legal lights to argue cases out of court, 
and lights out to a night club and gets 
himself a job as a singer where he can 
make more money than at his job of 
draughtsmen in an architects' office. Wifie 
visits the club one night with her lawyer 
friends, and sees hubby being vamped by 
a girl entertainer, gets sore, and walks 
out after insulting her husband in the 
midst of his song. And so they part, 
and later a girl is found dead in his apart- 
ments, she having strangled herself after 
getting drunk. The husband is accused of 
murder, and the wife comes in at the 
climax to make an impassioned plea to 
the jury, even though she is not the de- 
fense counsel. This will probably make all 
the lawyers smile. Her plea, in which she 
takes all the blame for being a selfish 
wife and breaking up their home causes 
the jury to bring in a verdict of not guilty, 
and so they live happily ever after. 

CAST: Lanny Ross, Gloria Stuart, Joan 
Marsh, Roy Benson, Pierre Walkin, Robert 
Paige, Arthur Loft, Stanley Andrews, Jan 
Buckingham, Bess Flowers, Ann Doran, Ves- 
sey O'Davoren. 

CREDITS: Producer, William Perlberg; 
Director, Clifford Broughton; Screenplay, 
Gladys Lehman, Charles Kenyon; Editor, 
Al Clark; Cameraman, Allan G. Siegler. 

DIRECTION: Weak. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Don Lee Sells Television 

Patent Rights to RCA 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Don Lee Broadcast- 
ing system has sold patent rights 
for te 1 e v i s i o n synchronization 
methods and apparatus to Radio 
Corporation of America for United 
States, Canada, Great Britain and 
Germany. Equipment was invented 
by Harry Lubcke, director of tele- 
vision for the Don Lee organization. 
The network will continue use of its 
equipment. 



Garber's Ork In Short 

Leslie Roush is currently direct- 
ing a Paramount musical short fea- 
turing Jan Garber's orchestra at the 
Film Art studios in the Bronx. Up- 
( town studio is being used while East- 
$5,000 contributed to the Dramatists' ern Service studio is under capacity 
Guild by Golden. I shooting schedule. 



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"Maga Lesz A Ferjem" 

(You Will Be My Husband) 
with Irene Agai, Paul Javor, Gyla Kabos 
Hungarian Pictures, Inc. 82 mins. 

WELL PACED COMEDY ABLY ACTED 
BY TOP NOTCH HUNGARIAN STARS. 

This new Hungarian release is an enter- 
taining comedy amiably acted by the cast, 
insuring entertainment for the Magyar fans. 
Irene Agai, Paul Javor and Gyula Kabos, 
three of Hungary's top notch performers! 
handle the principal roles skillfully, and the 
supporting cast is more than adequate. 
Bela Gaal directs the picture deftly and 
gets a maximum of laughs from the story. 
Miss Agai in trying to snare an eligible 
young man, apparently shy with the female 
sex, gets another bachelor to pose as her 
about-to-be-divorced husband. With that 
set-up an unlimited field for amusing 
complications was constructed. The re- 
sults are amusing and satisfactory for the 
audience. Well mounted, the picture has 
a nice pace that is well maintained. 

CAST: Paul Javor, Irene Agai, Gyula 
Kabos, Hajmassy Miklos, Miriska Vizvary, 
Maria Sulyok, Manyi Kiss, Gyula Csortos, 
Joseph Berky. 

CREDITS: Produced by Rex Films; Di- 
rector, Bela Gaal; Screenplay, Karoly Noti. 
Presented at the Modern Playhouse with 
Hungarian dialogue and no English titles. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



"Magdat Kicsapjak" 

(Magda Is Expelled) 
with Ida Turay, Klari Tolnay, Antal Pager 
Danubia Pictures 89 Mins. 

AMUSING COMEDY SKILLFULLY DI- 
RECTED WILL ENTERTAIN THE MAG- 
YAR FANS. 

Amusing and well paced, this new Hun- 
garian picture will find high favor with 
the Magyar audiences. Lack of English 
titles restricts its exhibitor value. The film 
is smoothly directed by Laszlo Vajda and 
ably acted by a topnotch cast of Hungarian 
players. The film is also on a high stand- 
ard technically. Story deals with a sten- 
ography class of a school. The girls have 
been taking dictation to a supposedly myth- 
ical Englishman in London. However, the 
instructress, Klari Tolnay, writes a romantic 
note which accidentally is mailed and it 
reaches a very real person by the name she 
uses. Pager, who receives the letter, de- 
cides to investigate the matter further with 
hilarious results. Antal Pager, Klari Tol- 
nay and Ida Turay handle the principal 
roles ably and the rest of the cast provides 
strong support. 

CAST: Ida Turay, Klari Tolnay, Antal 
Pager, George Nagy, Piri Peeri, Sandor 
Goth, Julius Gozon. 

CREDITS: Produced by Harmonia Films; 
Director, Laszlo Vajda. Presented at the 
Modern Playhouse with Hungarian' dialogue 
and no English titles. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



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Wednesday, October 12, 1938 



:< Ik SHORT SUBJECT R6VICUJS .v :< 



"Declaration of Independence" 

(Historical Technicolor) 

Vitaphone 18 mins. 

Fine Timely Drama 

A very dramatic and timely sub- 
ject, dealing with the historical 
incidents connected with the session 
of the Congress in Philadelphia that 
led to the issuing of the Declaration 
of Independence. The sequence of 
events has been given dramatic li- 
cense to a certain extent, but only 
in the interest of good suspense and 
colorful incident. The main his- 
torical facts are followed. Cesar 
Rodney, the Delaware delegate, is 
back home at the time that Thomas 
Jefferson has been assigned the task 
of drafting the Declaration. The 
stirring incidents involving the 
swinging of the majority of the 
Congress to the side of the Revolu- 
tionaries are handled deftly, build- 
ing to fine patriotic fervor. The de- 
ciding vote of Rodney is necessary, 
and he is seen in a "Paul Revere" 
ride dashing to Philadelphia with a 
relay of mounts to get there in time. 
The Tories try to block his jour- 
ney, but he eludes them. John Litel 
as Thomas Jefferson does as fine 
a job as he did in the role of Pat- 
rick Henry in a previous Historical 
Technicolor. The rest of the his- 
torical characters are well portrayed, 
especially that of Benjamin Frank- 
lin. Directed with fine dramatic 
tempo by Crane Wilbur. Here is a 
timely short that carries a strong 
patriotic message at this critical 
period in world history. 



"The Ugly Duckling" 

(Technicolor) 

Disney-RKO 9 mins. 

Here's a Peach 

The Hans Christian Andersen fairy 
tale translated to cartoon language 
emerges a delight to the ear and the 
eye. A mother duck is hatching out 
a brood of ducklings while the 
father, in modern style, paces the 
lake shore. Something goes wrong, 
Among the hatch is a white one 
with a voice totally unlike the 
others. The whole family immed- 
iately disowns him. Life is thence- 
forth just one hard knock after an- 
other for him . . . . even a decoy turns 
her back on him. Finally, when 
things look blackest, he comes on a 
white swan and her brood. He dis- 
covers he is a cygnet, is readily 
adopted and loved by the mother 
swan. He gives the high-hat sign to 
the duck family as he swims happily 
by. Though the story concerns only 
the feathered folk, this Disney short 
is fused with real feeling and pathos. 



Pixie Land 

Universal 7 mins 

Fairly Amusing 

Imagination, and the appeal 
thereto, are the crux of this short 



which opens in a woodland setting 
with the Pixies, who take care of 
flowers, as the players. Among 
those diminutive folk is an inven- 
tor, Slap-Happy, who has concocted 
a secret formula fluid to make big 
things small and vice-versa. He 
tries his discovery on a flea which 
is populating a dog. The insect 
grows to tremendous proportions 
and scares the inhabitants of Pixie 
Land, including the queen. The lat- 
ter, following the application of 
the liquid a second time, resulting 
in the flea's shrinkage to his normal 
size, punishes the inventor. Sub- 
ject is fairly amusing. 



Ghost Town Frolics 



Universal 



7 mins. 



Chief Appeal to Youngsters 

A run-of-the-crop cartoon telling 
of the adventures of three monkeys, 
two of whom are of the masculine 
gender and one of the eternal femi- 
nine. Together they arrive by auto 
in a village which is haunted, and 
settle down for the night at a spook- 
laden house. Happenings within 
this eerie edifice come thick and fast, 
and two male monks being sub- 
jected to all sorts of indignities by 
the ghosts. As a climax, the trio 
escapes, but not until the young 
gallants have driven off in the car 
and then returned for the forgotten 
girl monk who was left behind in 
the house. Kids will probably enjoy 
this one most. As adult fare it 
lacks more than ordinary interest 
and punch. 



"The Practical Pig" 
(Technicolor) 



Disney-RKO 



8'/2 mins. 



Delightful Nonsense 

In this color Disney short, we 
again meet the famous little rascals, 
the Three Little Pigs, and again the 
Big Bad Wolf is the villain. The 
two mischief-loving pigs start out 
for a swim against the explicit 
warning of their industrious broth- 
er big. Latter stays home busy 
working on his invention, a lie- 
detector. The wolf makes his ap- 
pearance as a mermaid whose 
seductive singing lures the pigs into 
her net. The musical effects here 
heighten the comedy to howling pro- 
portions. The pigs are taken to the 
wolf's house where his children are 
about to eat them in a pork pie 
while their father goes off for the 
third pig. The shrewd practical pig 
catches him in the lie-detector where 
he is punished until the truth comes 
out. In the meantime, application 
of pepper to the pie causes the lit- 
tle pigs to sneeze and escape. But 
they get their punishment for dis- 
obedience when the lie-detector 
catches them. While lacking a hit- 
tune, this edition of the Three Pigs 
is a delightful bit of nonsense. 



Stranger Than Fiction 

(Number 54) 

Universal 9 X A mins. 

Good Human-Interest 

Seven sequences comprise this 
diverting reel which opens with the 
strange mechanical sling shot in- 
vented by Owen Lowry. Device 
hurls bullets with uncanny accuracy 
at objects which are summarily shat- 
tered and suggests that the future 
may see the mechanism utilized for 
military purposes. Especially in- 
triguing footage is the material 
showing the historic cemetery in 
old New Orleans, in which the tombs 
are entirely above the ground, since 
Mississippi floods in days gone by 
prevented the digging of graves. 
The spinning of metal as a fine art; 
the mobile orange grove at Ver- 
sailles; a freak two-wheeler auto- 
mobile, constructed along the lines 
of an airplane; and the strange 
hobby of a Kansas City woman who 
collects buttons, lead up to the finale 
which shows a pet squirrel, extreme- 
ly friendly with a Key Largo, Fla., 
chef. 



Cat and Bells 

(Oswald Rabbit Cartoon) 

Universal 7 mins. 

May Please Cartoon Fans 

Although this one is billed as an 
Oswald Rabbit short, the long- 
eared sponsor is conspicuous by his 
absence, the action revolving around 
a family of mice and their vicissi- 
tudes with the cat who shares the 
basement. Tabby is a sleepy soul 
but none the less feared by the 
rodents who plot to put a bell on 
their oppressor's neck so they can 
safely forage for food. The littlest 
mouse is chosen to tie the bell on 
the drowsy cat. The attempt is un- 
successful, although surcharged with 
humor and suspense. After a merry 
chase, cat after the offending mouse, 
the latter returns home completley 
exhausted. Quite entertaining, it is 
likely to please cartoon fans. 



"China Today" 

(Color Parade) 

Good Travel Number 

This is an E. M. Newman travel 
offering, with narration by Dwight 
Weist. Opens with arrival by Clip- 
per at Hongkong. A leisurely jaunt 
is taken through the city, and it is 
amazing to see how much of it is 
very modern. One of the interest- 
ing sights is a Chinese funeral pro- 
cession. A trip is made to the mili- 
tary outposts, and then on to Ma- 
cao, the oldest European settlement 
in the Far East. Then a visit to 
the grotto of Camoeus, and also the 
English chapel and burial ground. 
The manufacture of firecrackers is 
seen to be principally the work of 
women, who do it all by hand. The 
reel finishes with a visit to St. 
Paul's, a finely constructed church 
in Macao. 



"Porky's Naughty Nephew" 

(Looney Tune Cartoon) 

Vitaphone 7 mins. 

Good Gags Here 

Trying to do a good deed, Po'-'^y 
takes his little nephew to the (^ J> 
ing at the beach. Little Pinky an- 
noys Porky with his tricks, so he 
enters the swimming race to get 
away from the pest. But Pinky 
follows in the race, and makes up 
for his mischief by pulling a stunt 
that forces Porky to win the race 
when he was away behind. Good 
gags. Produced by Leon Schles- 
inger. 

"Goofy and Wilbur" 

(Technicolor) 

Disney-RKO 8 mins. 

Swell New Character 
Wilbur, the grasshopper, is a new 
character among Disney creations, 
and will immediately have millions 
of cheering fans. For he's a spunky 
little show-off who wins when all 
odds are against him. The af- 
fection between him and his master, 
Goofy, is something beautiful to be- 
hold. Wilbur acts as living bait 
with which Goofy catches fish. Wil- 
bur's method is the simple exped- 
ient of luring the fish by leaps and 
jumps into Goofy's waiting net. All 
goes well until Wilbur, over-confi- 
dent, is swallowed by a fish. The 
chase is on. Goofy never rests un- 
til he has Wilbur safe again in the 
palm of his hand. The characteri- 
zation of Wilbur is so real, that one 
seems to have known him a long 
time. All Disney followers will wel- 
come him. The short is in color. 



Merle Kendricks and) His Orchestra 

(Melody Master) 
Vitaphone 10 mins. 

Well Presented 

Well presented pop selections by 
Merle Kendrick's band, who work 
with snap and class. Vocal interpo- 
lations are supplied by Miriam 
Grahame. Neat dance numbers by 
Marion Wilkins and Jack Walters. 
Directed by Joseph Henabery. 



"Donald's Lucky Day" 

(Technicolor) 

Disney-RKO 8 mins. 

Tip-Top Fun and Tunes 

Donald Duck experiences his usual 
misfortunes, and his chief good luck 
is that he doesn't get blown to 
pieces. He is a messenger boy on 
Friday, the 13th and, carrying a 
package containing a time-bomb, he 
meets with a black cat. His antics 
in endeavoring not to let the cat 
cross his path, and in not losing the 
package make up the bulk of the 
action. A very funny sequence takes 
place when the cat is on one end of 
a teetering board and Donald tries 
to keep the balance from the other 
end. In the end the cat saves both 
their lives by unwittingly throwing 
the bomb into the lake. Notable in 
this short was the musical accom- 
paniment which heightened the ac- 
tion two-fold. 



Wednesday, October 12, 1938 



DAILY 



CONSIDER EXTENDING 
QUIZ DATE ON OCT. 25 



(Continued from Page 1) 

number of contest pictures within 
the alloted time. Requests for ex- 
t^.-ting the closing date have been 
n^erous. 

Closing date of the Quiz now 
stands as Dec. 31. Extensions of 
from 30 to 60 days have been pro- 
posed by various exhib. groups and 
individual showmen. 

Meanwhile, the first sketches for 
the all-industry fashion show have 
been received. Created by leading 
Hollywood designers, the styles are 
to be presented to selected manufac- 
turers who will carry out the designs 
for display in leading department 
stores throughout the country. 

Through personal contacts by em- 
ployes of the 13 Paramount the- 
aters in Miami, 72,328 entries in the 
Movie Quiz contest were obtained, 
according to W. R. Lynch, general 
manager. 

The campaign committee an- 
nounced yesterday that reproduc- 
tions of wired congratulations from 
Hollywood stars on the success of 
the drive are available for exhib- 
itors who wish to use them as lobby 
displays. The wires are from Ron- 
ald Colman, Tyrone Power, Ray Mil- 
land, Dick Powell, Claudette Colbert, 
Martha Raye, Don Ameche, Alice 
Faye, Joan Blondell, Edgar Bergen, 
t Irene Dunne, Bette Davis, Jack 
jf Benny, Bob Burns, Loretta Young, 
* Dorothy Lamour, Ginger Rogers, 
Mickey Rooney, Lew Ayres and 
Fred Astaire. 



Urge Exhibs. to Register 

for Campaign Contest 

Entry blanks are being distributed 
among exhibitors of all theaters 
participating in Motion Pictures' 
Greatest Year industry drive, with 
a view to obtaining their registra- 
tion for the $2,100 exhibitors' con- 
test, open to individual theater man- 
agers and publicity men, or to local 
committees. These blanks may be 
obtained through the campaign ex- 
changes. 

Contest judges will be Will H. 
Hays, Jack Alicoate, Martin 
Quigley, "Red" Kann, "Chick" Lew- 
is, Jay Emanuel, Epes Sargent and 
A-Mike Vogel. 

A four-page tabloid press book, 
is in preparation for the all-indus- 
try short subject, "The World is 
Yours," now in final stages of edit- 
\ ing in Hollywood, it was announced 
yesterday. Sidney C. Davidson, of 
Paul Gulick's staff, is preparing the 
press book. The first print of "The 
World is Yours" is expected at cam- 
paign headquarters for preview pur- 
poses shortly. 



Blanca Castejon Gets Pact 

Blanca Castejon, who played the 
femme lead in the Spanish pix, "Mis 
des Amores," produced by Cobian 
Productions for Paramount release, 
has been given a long term contract 
by Rafael Ramos Cobian. 



REVIEWS OF VIEW flLfflS 



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"Prosfygopoula" 

(The Girl Refugee) 

with Sophia Vebo, Manos Phillippides 
Benjamin Brodie 110 Mins. 

AMUSING FILM WITH ABLE CAST 
WILL PLEASE THE GREEK AUDIENCES. 

Although this picture is somewhat out- 
moded when compared to pictures being 
produced now, it nevertheless tells an in- 
teresting story with amusing and enter- 
taining qualities. Greek dialogue naturally 
restricts it to audiences understanding this 
language. Sophia Vebo and Manos Philip- 
pides share the starring roles ably. The 
rest of the cast provides adequate support. 
Only real faults with the film are technical 
aspects, showing a decided lack of modern 
equipment. The story allows Phillippides, 
a prosperous farmer and devoted husband to 
fall into the hands of a heartless siren who 
would have him drive his wife, Sophia, and 
their child, into the streets. The solution 
of Philippides' problems is amusing and 
neatly worked out. 

CAST: Sophia Vebo, Manos Philippides, 
Toula Anzes, Samartzes, Plessas, Alike 
Vebo, Neli Mazloumidi. 

CREDITS: Produced by Behna Frer; Di- 
rector, Demitres Borgis. Presented at the 
Miami Theater with Greek dialogue and 
no English titles. 

DIRECTION, 0. K. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Fair. 



"The Story of a Cheat" 

with Sacha Guitry, Jacqueline Delubac 
Gallic Films 83 Mins. 

INTERESTING DRAMATIC STORY 
SKILLFULLY ACTED WILL ENTERTAIN 
THE FOREIGN FANS. 

The extremely able Sacha Guitry dom- 
inates this new French picture in which 
he acts, directs and has contributed the 
screenplay. Assisted by a skillful cast 
headed by his wife, Jacqueline Delubac, 
Guitry unfolds a biographical narrative of a 
crook from early childhood. The technical 
aspects of the picture are good, and it 
has been provided with a complete set of 



English titles. The story, based on Guitry 's 
book, "Le Roman d'Un Tricheur," carries 
him from a childhood beginning as a petty 
thief to maturity as a skillful and clever 
crook. The film runs the complete gamut 
of emotions from tragedy to amusing com- 
edy. The picture is novel and it should 
entertain the audiences who patronize the 
art theaters. 

CAST: Sacha Guitry, Jacqueline Delubac, 
Marguerite Moreno, Rosine Derean, Serge 
Grave, Pierre Assy, Pierre Labry, Pauline 
Carton, Frehel, Henry Pfeifer, Gaston Du- 
pray. 

CREDITS: Produced, Directed and Writ- 
ten by Sacha Guitry. Presented at the 5th 
Ave. Playhouse with French dialogue and 
English titles. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



"A Donto Pillanctt" 

(The Crucial Moment) 
with Gyula Kabos, Klari Tolney, Antal 

Pager 
Hungarian Pictures Inc. 80 mins. 

ENTERTAINING COMEDY WITH FINE 
CAST WILL AMUSE THE MAGYAR FANS. 

Despite the fact that the theme of this 
new foreign is somewhat on the tragic 
side, the highly talented Gyula Kabos turns 
the film into a sprightly comedy with the 
assistance of a talented cast. The picture 
will please the Magyar audiences, but lack 
of English titles limits its exhibitor value. 
Kabos is supported by the attractive and 
capable Klari Tolnay, Antal Pager, and a 
good cast. Kabos is the manager of a the- 
ater, and is a staunch supporter of Pager, 
who is struggling for a stage career with 
the help of his wife, Klari. Kabos loses 
his savings backing Pager, but later on 
Pager manages to achieve fame and every- 
thing is rosy for his faithful friend. 

CAST: Gyula Kabos, Klari Tolnay, Antal 
Pager, Bela Mihalyffy, Andor Ajthay, Vilma 
Orosz, Blanka Szombathelyi, Zoltan Mak- 
lari, L. K. Boocz, Sandor Pathes. 

CREDITS: A Hamza-Korner-Vajda Pro- 
duction; Director, Laszlo Vajda; Screen- 
play, John Bokay. Presented at the Modern 
Playhouse with Hungarian dialogue and no 
English titles. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Decker's Coast Exchange 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Sam Decker, former- 
ly Monogram distributor in Detroit, 
has taken over the All-Star Ex- 
change in Los Angeles and has re- 
named it Majestic Distributing 
Corp. He has 24 pictures for this 
territory and two series of west- 
erns. Included are the Pinky Tom- 
lin's, Frankie Darro's, Kermit May- 
nard's and Tim McCoy pictures. 



Mrs. Kenny Baker Hurt 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Santa Monica ■ — Mrs. Geraldihe 
Baker, wife of Kenny Baker, was 
seriously hurt when the car in which 
she was driving struck a deer. 



20th-Fox Adds Special 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Picture entitled "Wife, 
Husband and Friend" has been 
added to the 20th-Fox production 
schedule as a Zanuck special. Film 
will be released in 1938-39 program. 
Warner Baxter and Loretta Young 
have been set for the lead roles, it 
was said. 



Theater Again Burns 

Pittsburgh — For the second time 
in three years, the Mary-Ann Thea- 
ter in Burgettstown, owned and op- 
erated by R. Mungello, was com- 
pletely destroyed by fire Monday. 
The cause of the fire has not yet 
been determined. 




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Permanence ... As in the past, RCA Photo- 
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HOLLYWOOD 
Editing "Little Orphan Annie" 
JOHN SPEAKS' picture "Little 
* Orphan Annie" is now in the 
process of being edited. Ben Holmes 
directed and Paramount will re- 
lease. The picture stars Ann Gillis 
who played Becky Thatcher in "Tom 
Sawyer." Speaks is now preparing 
the screenplay to the Collier's Mag- 
azine story "Melody Morgan" by 
Richard Wormser. He expects to 
have it ready for an early produc- 
tion. 

T T T 

Jester Gets S-I Space 

Ralph Jester has taken space at 
Selznick International's where he is 
now preparing "The Good Samari- 
tan." Dana Burnett is working on 
the story and production will start 
in about two weeks. 



To Shoot All-Negro Western 

Hollywood Productions, with head- 
quarters at 2510 South Central Ave- 
nue, goes on location to Victorville, 
where it will shoot an all-negro 
Western titled "The Bronze Buck- 
aroo," staring Herbert Jeffrey and 
Mantan Moreland. On completion 
of the feature, "Harlem Rides the 
Range" will go in work with Jeffrey 
and Moreland starring. Richard 
Kahn will direct. Distribution will 
be handled by Sack Amusement En- 
terprises through their exchanges in 
Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. 



WHO'S WHO IN HOLLYWOOD 

• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 197 • • • 

• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 198 • • © 
QAVID HEMPSTEAD. Born Oct. 2, Salt Lake City, son of a former U. S. 
■■' Assistant Attorney-General. Attended Westminster Collegiate Institute. 
Took his A.B. degree at the University of Michigan. Career actually began at 
Michigan, where for three years in succession he wrote the book and lyrics for 

undergrad musical comedies. First spot in pic- 
tures followed the sale of a screen yarn. Subse- 
quently became a producer at RKO. Then moved 
to 20th Century-Fox as assistant to Nunnally 
Johnson. Now on Darryl F. Zanuck's staff as an 
associate-producer. Within the last year has 
produced "Happy Landing," "Little Miss Broad- 
way," "Just Around the Corner," "Straight, Place 
and Show," and his studio's new political satire 
and football opus, "Hold That Co-Ed." At pres- 
ent is preparing latest Sonja Henie vehicle, a 

j| 4 .3 musical for Alice Faye and Don Ameche, and a 
film to star Nancy Kelly, new 20th Century-Fox 
discovery. Married to the former Eleanor Avery, 
he lives with his wife and two children, Avery 

■» and David, IV, in Beverly Hills. Admits that his 

favorite indoor sport is viewing approximately 
50,000 feet of film each week. 





Another Acting Ameche the musical comedy version of "The 

Jimmy Ameche, younger brother i Three Musketeers," in which Don 
of 20th Century-Fox star, Don ' Ameche is starred with the Ritz 
Ameche, who took over the latter s Brothers, 
radio work in Chicago when Don j 
went to Hollywood, now appears to j 

be following even more closely in ' Binnie Larnes Cast 

his brother's footsteps. Screen test- Binnie Barnes will have an im- 
ed by his brother's studio, Jimmy j portant featured role supporting 
is now being sought for a role in | Warner Baxter and Loretta Young 



Para. Purchases $977,000 
of Its 3!4% Debentures 

(Continued from Paye \) 

bentures, due in 1947 and during the 
period from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30, it 
purchased, $40,000 more of the de- 
bentures. 

Paramount also purchased from a 
consolidated subsidiary $740,000 of 
the debentures. The transaction re- 
duced their outstanding debentures 
from $12,507,200 to $11,529,200 at 
the end of Sept., 1938. 

Randolph Operating Co. was re- 
ported dissolved by Paramount in 
special report of changes and Jack- 
son Tennessee Enterprises, Inc., 
stock was transferred to an affiliated 
company, not controlled by Para- 
mount. 



"Gay Nineties" Clicks 

Astor Pictures' "Gay Nineties" is 
reported to be doing big business at 
RKO Terminal Theater, Newark. 



Not an Educator 

Minneapolis — A drive to place John 
P. Devaney, Northwest Allied chief con- 
sul and former chief justice of the 
Minnesota Supreme Court in the presi- 
dency of the University of Minnesota 
to replace the late President Coffman, 
who died recently, was nipped in the 
very start by Devaney's statement that 
he was a lawyer and not an educator. 



Rep. Talking Sponsorship 

Deal for Autry on Air 

(Continued from Paye 1) 

ing role. Negotiations for a sponsor 
are in progress. 

Rift of a few months ago twixt 
Republic and Autry is reported to 
have occurred partially because the 
star felt that he might be more gain- 
fully employed on the radio if that 
field were opened up to him in con- 
junction with his movie activities. 

Pam-O-Film Gets Pix 

Deal has been closed by Pam-O- 
Film Exchange, Inc., of Buffalo, to 
handle Select Attractions releases in 
the upstate New York territory, it 
was learned yesterday. "Moon- 
light Sonata," "Money," "The Glory 
Of Faith," "The Slipper Episode" 
and "Spy Of Napoleon," as well as 
several travelogues will be handled 
under terms of the deal. Distribu- 
tion rights for the up-state New 
York territory to "Son Of The 
Sheik" have also been closed by the 
exchange. 

Use Premiums in Chicago 

Chicago — Schoenstadt Circuit, 
which has reopened the Crane, 
Crown and Archer theaters is now 
using some form of premium in 
practically all 15 houses. 



Gutlohn Gets 16 mm. Rights 
To Strand Film Co. Product 



Exclusive distribution rights in 
the United States and Canada has 
been granted to Walter O. Gutlohn, 
Inc., for the 16 mm. sound and sil- 
ent films produced by Strand Film 
Co., Ltd., it was announced yester- 
day by Harry A. Kapit, president of 
W. O. Gutlohn, who recently re- 
turned from Europe. 

Distribution deal for the 16 mm. 
sound and silent films of Education- 
al and General Services, Ltd., has 
also been closed, Kapit announced. 
At the same time, reciprocal agree- 
ments were signed with these com- 
panies for distribution of Gutlohn 
films in England and on the con- 
tinent. Kapit expressed the opinion 
that the documentary and educa- 
tional films produced in England 
x-anked with the best productions 
along these lines in this country. 



Legi 



ion Post to Install 

Boston — Annual dinner-dance and 
installation of officers of the Lt.. A. 
Vernon MacCauley (theatrical) Post 
of the American Legion will be held 
at the Copley Plaza Hotel on Oct. 
25. Joseph Kantor is chairman of 
the entertainment committee and 
Kenneth Forky is general chairman. 



in "Wife, Husband and Friend," 
20th Century-Fox announces. 

T T T 

Sam Wood Off for Englan^ \ 
"Good-bye, Mr. Chips" wliFbe 
the next Metro production to be 
made in England. Robert Donat, 
who recently completed the male 
starring role, opposite Rosalind Rus- 
sell, in "The Citadel," will star in 
"Good-bye, Mr. Chips" and Sam 
Wood will be the director. 

To start preparations for the pic- 
ture, Director Wood will leave Cali- 
fornia today sailing for England 
early next week. Ben Goetz, com- 
pany production head in London, is 
flying East today and will precede 
Wood abroad. 



Lantz Buys Kalmar-Ruby Song 

Walter Lantz has purchased the 
popular song, "I'm Just a Jitter- 
bug," from its publishers, Kalmar 
and Ruby. The song will furnish 
the theme for Lantz's forthcoming 
Jitterbug cartoon which will bear 
the same title as the song. 



"First Co-ed" for Goldwyn 

"The First Co-Ed," an original 
screenplay by Mary McCall, Jr., and 
Stanley Rauh, has been purchased 
by Samuel Goldwyn, it was an- 
nounced today. Andrea Leeds has 
been awarded the title role, with 
Joel McCrea as her leading man. 

Set Grand National's First 
Two Pix to be Made Here 

(Continued from Paye 1) 

of production, expects to have the 
shooting schedule completed before 
returning to the Coast in about 10 
days. Production on "Exile Ex- 
press," starring Anna Sten, gets 
under way in about two weeks at 
the Hollywood studios. 



GOP Nominee Owns House 

Utica — Julius Rothstein of this 
city, Republican nominee for Attor- 
ney-General, owns the Avon Theater 
building here and was formerly 
financially interested in film biz. 
Avon is under lease to Warners. 



League Sent to Syracuse 

Syracuse — Walter League of 
Gloveisville has arrived to manage 
the RKO-Schine Strand. 



For Souls At Sea 

London (By Cable) — Announcement 
is made here that when the new liner 
Mauretania sets out on her maiden 
voyage next summer she will have three 
pix theaters, one for each class of 
passenger, — cabin, tourist and third 
class. In cabin class will be a pro- 
scenium as large as in many theaters 
ashore, it is declared. 



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VG^ 74, NO. 82 



NEW YORK, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1938 



TEN CENTS 



MPPDA Board To Get Studio View On Foreign Situation 

RODGERSTO ACT FOR MAJORS IN ALLIEDJARLEYS 

Columbus Day Sends B'way Pix Biz 25 % Above Normal 



Holiday's "Take" Greater 

Than That Garnered 

a Year Ago 

Poll last night of Broadway's lead- 
ing film houses disclosed healthy 
grosses resulting from Columbus 
Day. Consensus of management opin- 
ion put the holiday "take" at 25 per 
cent more than the normal, and defi- 
nitely greater than on Columbus Day 
a year ago. 

The upward surge of box office re- 
turns was held to be all the more 
gratifying by the Paramount, Radio 

{Continued on Page 3) 



U. S. COURT DISMISSES 
PARA. ACCESSORY SUIT 



Oklahoma City — Federal Judge 
Edgar S. Vaught of the Western 
District Court here has sustained 
the motion to dismiss of the Leader 
Press, Inc., in the suit filed by Para- 
mount Pictures, Inc. and Paramount 
Pictures Distributing Co., Inc. 

The suit sought damages from the 
printing organization and restraint 
from further printing of accessories 
based on 24-sheets and posters 
printed on "Cleopatra" and "The 

{Continued on Page 6) 

Columbia's Directorate 

Re-names Cohn as Prexy 



Harry Cohn's re-election as Colum- 
bia's president, was announced yes- 
terday at the company's home office: 

(Continued on Page 3) 



Quizzical 



Among the discoveries of Columbus 
Day, which B'way houses celebrated yes- 
terday with madly clicking turnstiles, 
was that of a patron who swished joy- 
fully into the Paramount Theater. Joy 
changed to panic when the patron, with 
Movie Quiz booklet in hand, found that 
"If I Were King" was not a quiz pix. 
After protracted diplomatic negotia- 
tions, the management agreed to a re- 
fund. 



Affidavit of Originality, Quiz Safeguard 

As a check against the purchasing of solutions to the $250,000 Movie Quiz con- 
test from "solution peddlers" and to protect bonafide entrants, all winners in the con- 
test will be required to sign affidavits certifying that the answers were their own, 
Jack Todd, of Radio and Publicaion Contests, Inc., which is handling the mechanics 
of the Movie Quiz, announced yesterday. Todd stated that he had used the affidavit 
plan in previous contests, and that it has been successful in weeding out unscrupulous 
persons and protecting legitimate entries. 



Reorganized Indie Producers Ass'n 
Will Request Concessions from SAG 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Independent Motion 
Picture Producers Association, reor- 
ganized with Phil Goldstone as 
prexy, will open concession negotia- 
tions with the SAG, taking the posi- 
tion that the desired adjustments 
will enable the indies to materially 
increase their schedules. 

Association, through a special com- 
mittee, will also make overtures to 
other guilds and unions for co-opera- 



tion on the ground that this will 
make production of indie pix a safe 
investment and provide increased 
employment for those players and 
technicians who seldom work in ma- 
jor plants. 

Serving with Goldstone are Phil 
Krasne, George Hirliman and Sig 
Newfield, vice-presidents; Sam Wolf, 
secretary and general counsel, and 
Bud Barsky, treasurer. 



Regularity of Telecasts Is Sought by Set Makers 



Conferences are currently under- 
way in New York between manufac- 
turers of television receiving sets, 
parts manufacturers and broadcast- 
ing company officials with a view to 
assuring the continuation and regu- 
larity of telecasts. 

Manufacturers of receivers, includ- 



ing the American Television Corp., 
of 130 West 56th St., are said to be 
seeking via the conferences some 
definite solution of the set-marketing 
problem. ATC's president, Samuel 
M. Saltzman, recently predicted that 
within the next year 100,000 sets will 
be in use in this country, but the pre- 

(Coutinned on Page 6) 



Link Warner, Schenck, Goldwyn Trips 
East With Haysian Meeting Saturday 



Fleischer N. Y. Office 

Closing Over Week-end 

The New York office of Max 
Fleischer, Inc., will close over this 
week-end, with all effects and em- 
ployes of the organization either in 
Florida or en route to the new stu- 
dios in Miami by that time, it was 

(Continued on Page 3) 



Has Power to Bind All But 

One Company, Myers 

Tells Mich. Allied 

By JANET LOGIE 

FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 
Grand Rapids — Abram F. Myers, 
Allied States' board chairman and 
general counsel, speaking on the 
proposed trade reform conferences 
between distributors and exhibitors 
at the closing session of Michigan 
Allied's convention here yesterday, 
disclosed that: 

1. William F. Rodgers, Met- 
ro's sales chief, will represent 
the distributors' committee in 
the negotiations with a commit- 
tee Allied's board is expected 
to name at a meeting in New 
York Oct. 17. 

2. The distributors' committee 
has authority to bind all major 
companies except one "within 
certain outside limits." Myers 
did not name the company, con- 
tenting himself with saying: 

(Continued on Page 6) 

BRANCH RE-ELECTED 
MICH. ALLIED HEAD 



By HOLLIS KENNAHAN 

FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
With Saturday's session of the 
MPPDA directorate reported keyed to 
the critical foreign situation con- 
fronting the industry, top Coast 
execs, were speeding East last night, 
presumably to present the studio 
viewpoint. 

Harry M. Warner, prexy of War- 

{Continued on Page 6) 



Grand Rapids — Ray Branch, of 
Hastings, was re-elected president 
of Allied Theaters of Michigan at 
yesterday's session of its annual 

(Continued on Page 3) 



Richey Out as Mich. 
Public Relations 



Co-op 
Director 



Detroit — H. M. Richey is out as 
public relations head of Co-opera- 
tive Theaters of Michigan, following 

(Continued on Page 3) 



Rejects MPTOA Bid 

Grand Rapids — Abram Myers. Allied's 
general counsel, said yesterday that he 
would be unable to accept MPTOA's- in- 
vitation to attend its annual convention 
in Oklahoma City because of conflicting 
engagements in Pittsburgh and Indian- 
apolis. 




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The New York Stoek Exchanges were closed 
yesterday on account of the Columbus Day 
holiday. 



10 of Tri-NationaPs 

20 Releases Announced 



Lineup of films to be distributed 
by Tri-National Films, Inc., during 
the coming season will have a num- 
ber of well-known players, including 
Annabella, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, 
Sacha Guitry, Charles Boyer, Raimu, 
Michele Morgan F.nd Anna Neagle, 
appearing in them, it was announced 
yesterday. 

Titles of 10 of the 20 French and 
British productions that will be re- 
leased were also announced. "Orage," 
"Champs Elysees," "Le Nouveau Tes- 
tament," "Gribouille," "Carefour," 
"Sacrifice d'Honneur," "La Porte du 
Large," "Ignace," "Deuxieme Bu- 
reau," "Le Grand Jeu" and "Peg of 
Old Drury." 



Pittsburgh Theaters Sign 

2-Year Musicians' Pact 



Pittsburgh — The local musicians' 
union has signed a new two-year con- 
tract with the Pittsburgh theater 
operators. 




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24-Hour European Coverage 
Is Assured for Pathe News 



Pathe News is now prepared for 
24-hour coverage throughout Eu- 
rope, it was said yesterday by Allyn 
Butterfield, managing editor of the 
newsreel, who has just returned 
from abroad. 

When the recent war scare had 
reached its crisis, every available 
newsreel man in France had been 
called into the army so that it was 
necessary to import cameramen 
from both England and Italy to 
cover the Paris scene, Butterfield 
disclosed. 

Both the English and French 
Pathe organizations are individually 
operated companies. By negotiating 
a stronger arrangement for the ex- 
changing of American film, the 
scope of coverage has been widened, 
Butterfield said, so that any future 
event will be fully photographed. 
Strong coverage also has been ob- 
tained in Germany through UFA 
and in Prague through Czech Uni- 
verse and Actualite services. 

"With W. J. Gell and Fred Watts 
of the London organization, Phil 
Reisman, foreign sales head of 
RKO and the very friendly co-opera- 
tion of Ambassador Joseph P. Ken- 
nedy, we did a job that I am proud 
of," Butterfield stated. "London was 
covered every minute of the day 
during the crisis." 

Butterfield said that the march-in 
of German troops in the Sudeten 
territories presented a problem, 
solved by the dispatch of Alonzo 
Navarro of the Paris office. 



Kaliski, GB Pittsburgh 

Branch Manager, Resigns 

Pittsburgh — Joseph Kaliski, who 
recently succeeded Mark Goldman as 
manager of the Gaumont British of- 
fice here, has resigned effective, Oct. 
24, after which date he will supervise 
the distribution of the picture "Birth 
of a Baby" for Jack and William 
Skirball throughout the States of 
Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and 
the Carolinas. Max Shulgold has 
also resigned, effective Oct. 8, as 
salesman for Gaumont British, re- 
turning to his former job with the 
local Grand National exchange. 



Amer. Pictures to Make 
"Young Man With a Horn" 



First picture to be made by the 
recently organized American Pic- 
tures Corp. will be "Young 1 Man with 
a Horn." which ran serially in the 
New York Post. Negotiations are 
under way with Burgess Meredith 
for the lead. 

Picture is slated for production at 
Eastern Service Studios. Second on 
the American schedule probably will 
be "More Joy in Heaven." 

American Pictures was formed by 
Edward Blatt, formerly of Para- 
mount's production department and 
1 a successful stage producer. 



DAILY 



Thursday, October 13, 193 



■i 



Roper Cites Admish Tax 

Gain as Prosperity Sign 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Secretary of Com- 
merce Daniel C. Roper at his press 
conference yesterday made special 
reference to the $1,000,000 increase 
in admission tax income last year 
as reported by the Bureau of In- 
ternal Revenue and interpreted this 
as a sign of retmming prosperity 
for the pix industry, as well as all 
U. S. business. 



Industry execs, displayed lively 
interest yesterday in the national 
income estimates for the first and 
second six months of the year, made 
by the Alexander Hamilton Insti- 
tute. 

Estimates of $25,400,000,000 for 
the first half, and $30,600,000,000 
for the last half were interpreted as 
indicating the largest second half 
expansion in more than 10 years and 
substantial business recovery. 



TAG Industry-Wide Rally 
Tomorrow Night at Astor 

Film division of the Theater Arts 
Committee will hold an industry- 
wide rally at the Hotel Astor tomor- 
row night at 9 o'clock. Louis Nizer, 
prominent industry attorney, will 
act as chairman, introducing guests 
and speakers including Leif Erikson, 
Ben Grauer, Blanche Yurka, Leland 
Stowe, Richard Watts, Jr., Harold 
Rome, Hiram Sherman, Millen 
Brand, Michael Loring. The lat- 
ter pair are the author and star, re- 
spectively, of "Sing Out the News," 
current musical show. 

No admission is charged and 
everybody connected with the film 
industry is welcome, according to 
the committee. 



Metro Releasing Next 

Joe E. Brown Feature 



David Loew, producer of Joe E. 
Brown pictures, has closed a distri- 
bution deal with M-G-M whereby the 
latter will release the next Brown 
feature comedy, "Flirting with 
Fate." 

Brown's two previous pictures, 
"The Gladiator" and "Wide Open 
Faces," were released by Columbia. 



Wolfe in Hospital 

Boston — Reddy Wolfe, formerly 
manager of the Olympia Theater, 
Cambridge, is under observation for 
a serious stomach ailment at the 
Beth Israel Hospital. 



Settle Chi. Engineers Strike 

Chicago — The theater engineer 
strike has been settled and officials 
have ordered the men back to work. 




Bowes Unit for Syracuse 

Syracuse — Gus Lampe has booked 
Major Bowes' third anniversary unit 
into the RKO-Schine Strand for the 
week starting today. 



H. M. WARNER, WB president, arrives 
New York tomorrow morning from the Coast 

SAMUEL GOLDWYN, arrives in New Yor 
Saturday morning from the Coast. 

JOSEPH M. SCHENCK, chairman of tfe- 20th 
Fox board, arrives in New York on Saturda 
morning from Hollywood. 

DAN KELLEY, Universal studio's casting di 
rector, has arrived in New York from the Coas 
by plane. 

JOE PASTERNAK, Universal producer, arrivei 
in New York yesterday by rail from Toronto 

CLINTON M. WHITE, assistant to the gen 
eral manager of GB, has returned to the homi 
office, following a trip to the Southern anc 
Mid-west exchanges. 

LOUIS D. FROHLICH, of the law firm oi 
Schwartz & Frohlich, left New York last nighl 
for Boston, and returns to his offices here or 
the coming week-end. 

LEE PATRICK, who recently completed role 
in WB's "The Sisters," is scheduled to arrive 
in New York early next week from Burbank. 



F. J. A. MCCARTHY, Universal's Eastern sales 

manager, arrives in New Orleans today on a 

sales trip and scheduled visit to Southern 
branches. 



JOHN BRAHM, Columbia's contract director, 
arrives in New York this morning from the 
Coast, accompanied by MRS. BRAHM, for 
short vacation. 

ROBERT D. CHRYST of the Syracuse Herald 
and MRS. CHRYST are at the Shelton. 

THOMAS MITCHELL, screen player, left for 
the Coast last night on the United Airlines' 
Continental, accompanied by E. J. MAYER. 

ANNE SHIRLEY and her husband, JOHN[ 
FAYNE, left yesterday for Roanoke, Va., on ai 
deferred honeymoon. 

LARRY BURKE, who portrayed the street! 
singer in "The Informer," is in New York to 
complete his vaudeville act. 



JOSEPH MOSKOWITZ will arrive i 
York Saturday morning from the Coast. 



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B'WAY HOLIDAY BIZ 
25% ABOVE NORMAL 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Uity Music HpII, Capitol and Roxy in 
ig'ht of the fact that attractions at 
ill f-,^" of these theaters are in their 
second week. 

Paramount reported business for 
'If I Were King" as "wonderful"; 
;he Music Hall with "Drums" of Kor- 
la-UA, as "strong even for a holi- 
lay"; the Capitol "so spirited that 
he current week's gross will prob- 
bly equal the initial week's figure" 
•ung up by "Too Hot to Handle"; 
ind the Roxy, where "Straight, Place 
md Show" is on tap, declared busi- 
less "excellent" all day. 

"Room Service," in its third week 
it the Rivoli; "Secrets of an Actress," 
it the Strand; "Personal Secretary" 
it the Rialto; "King of Alcatraz," 
Criterion; and the Globe's "Dark 
lapture," all participated generously 
n the holiday bonanza, as did 
W-G-M's road showing of "Marie 
Antoinette" in its eighth week at 
he Astor. 



British Royalty At Debuts 
of WB and Wilcox Films 



London (By Cable) — Duke and 
Duchess of Kent attended the premi- 
ere of Warners' new show window 
lere last night. Pix was "Robin 
J.ood." Proceeds go to British Em- 
Dire Cancer Campaign. Warners 
vas represented at the premiere by 
rack L. Warner, Sam Morris, Max 
Wilder and D. E. Griffiths. 

Dowager Queen Mary, it is an- 
lounced, will attend the premiere of 
lerbert Wilcox's "Sixty Glorious 
fears," sequel to "Victoria the 
jreat," at the Odeon, Leicester 
Square, tomorrow. Copies of the 
ilm are being sent to Toronto and 
^ew York. Canadian release will be 
ibout the middle of October while 
he film's first showing in the United 
States will be at the Radio City 
Music Hall in New York the first 
veek in November. 



Hannah Kass Recuperating 

Hannah Kass, now in charge of 
;he title department of Columbia 
Pictures, is recuperating from an 
)peration at the Murray Hill Hos- 
Dital where she has been for the 
bast 10 days. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 

to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 13 

Irene Rich 
Harry Hershfield 



ALCNG THE 




with PHIL M. DALY 



T T T 

• • • CLEVER STUNT executed at the Wisconsin Theater 

in Milwaukee by Louis Orlove of M-G-M several window cards 

14 x 17 on "Too Hot To Handle" were, imprinted in the usual manner 
these window cards were then addressed to prominent individu- 
als in the city with the proper postage lor mail delivery the cards 

were placed on mail boxes, with a sticker prominently displayed on 
each card: "Don't Bend." 

T T T 

• • • THE CARDS thus prominently displayed attracted a 
lot of attention from passers-by . . . .the cards could not be removed 
from the mail boxes, for they were now in Uncle Sam's custody 

the mail carrier could not bend them and stuff them in his 

mailbag, so he had to carry them the cards were on display 

being taken to the postoffice, the postal clerks had to handle 
them, and then the mailman delivering cards to destination came 
under the scrutiny of many people before he finally disposed 
of the cards to the recipients 

T T T 

• • • HEIGHT OF optimism a lady phoned Manager Francis 

Deering of Loew's State at Houston. Texas, wanting to know how much 
the government would claim in taxes if she won the $50,000 Quiz Con- 
test prize 

T T ▼ 

• • • SPEAKING of screwball ideas DeWitt Schuyler 

kicks in with this one from his column in the Albany Times- 
Union a Plan To Make Two Features for the Price of One 

f'rinstance, in the shooting of "Gone With the Wind," sug- 
gests Schuyler as each scene is shot, the scene is done over 

again with the same lines but different sets and costumes for 

intance, Rhett Butler becomes a bearded fireman in the second 

film, or a cannibal, according to the other sets available with 

the immortal lines of "Gone With the Wind" being spoken in 
these changed circumstances, the upstate columnist feels that the 
producer would have a great money-making b.o. attrack in addi- 
tion to the regular version 

T T T 

• • • RECEPTION given by the Motion Pictures' Greatest 

Year to John H. Harris, well-known theater owner of Pittsburgh 

at the Radio City Music Hall studio on Monday afternoon the 

occasion is by way of a tribute to the late John Harris, father of 
the guest of honor, who started the first Nickelodeon in the United 

States with Harry Davis in June. 1905, the elder Harris opened 

this first Nickelodeon in Pittsburgh 

T ▼ T 

• • • SOME miscreant stole a life-size cutout of Hedy 
Lamarr from the lobby of Loew's Penn in Pittsburgh, according 
to Manager Charlie Kurtzman and Charlie got a nice pub- 
licity break in the local papers, with reproductions of the very 

attractive cutout Mister Kurtzman' s story is that two men 

drove up in an auto and swiped the cutout right out of the lobby 
oh, well 

T T T 

• • • I Am A Talent Scout that will be the subject of a talk 

by Marion Robertson talent scout for RKO Radio as the guest 

speaker on the. National Board of Review program over WNYC 

tonite at 6:15 



BRANCH RE-ELECTED 
MICH. ALLIED HEAD 



(Continued from Page 1) 

convention. C. R. Beecher, Charlotte, 
was elected vice-president, succeed- 
ing W. G. Thick. Edgar E. Kirch- 
ner, Detroit, was re-elected secre- 
tary-treasurer. 

The following directors were 
named: H. Y. Carley, Holland; N. A. 
Cassidy, Midland; G. A. Cross, Bat- 
tle Creek; Allen Johnson, Grand 
Rapids; W. I. Olson, Clare; J. H. 
Ross, Lansing; R. A. Scharam, Kal- 
amazoo; William Shulte, Detroit; W. 
Sennevn, Grand Rapids; J. E. Stock- 
er, Detroit; W. G. Thick, Marshall; 
Y. Wilbur, Wyandotte. 

The Detroit delegation, headed by 
J. E. Flynn and F. I. Downey, were 
hosts to the entire Allied member- 
ship, their headquarters being a 
popular rendezvous. The convention 
closed last night with a dinner 
dance. 



Columbia's Directorate 

Re-names Cohn as Prexy 

(Continued from Page 1) 

all other company officials were re- 
named, including Jack Cohn, vice- 
president; A. Schneider, treasurer; 
and Charles Schwartz, secretary. 

In the wake of the initial meeting 
on Tuesday of the company's board, 
it was stated that the directors de- 
clared a regular quarterly dividend 
of 68% cents per share on the $2.75 
Convertible Preferred Stock, payable 
Nov. 15, to stockholders of record 
on Nov. 1. 



Richey Out as Mich. Co-op 
Public Relations Director 



(Continued from Page 1) 

a protracted session of the board 
here yesterday. 

Departure of Richey follows that 
of Ray Moon who was replaced by 
Carl Buermele as general manag- 
er on Oct. 1. At that time, it was 
denied by President Fred DeLodder 
that Richey would go. 

Fleischer N. Y. Office 

Closing Over Week-end 

(Continued from Page 1) 

learned yesterday. Last truckloads 
of equipment will go out on Friday 
and Saturday. To date no agree- 
ment has been reached regarding 
new contract covering the studio 
employes, but negotiations are still 
under way. 



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Plaque for Morros 

West Coast Bur.. THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Paramount associates of 
Boris Morros have presented him with 
a plaque honoring him for arranging 
"Music of the Cinema" which was pre- 
sented at the Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 2. 
In addition to arranging the event, 
Morros conducted the orchestra. The 
plaque is signed by Adolph Zukor, Wil- 
liam LeBaron and members of the Para- 
mount music department. 









KEEP YOUR EAR 
TO THE GROUND! 

The whole industry is asking: "Can M-G-M keep 
delivering one 'A' picture after another as it has 
been doing since the start of the season?" Here's 
the happy answer — keep your ear to the ground 



(Continued above) 



\(Continued) 

and look over the M-G-M releases so far: 
MARIE ANTOINETTE 

(Shearer, Power sensational triumph Big cities, small towns everywhere) 

THREE LOVES HAS NANCY 

(America flocking to Bob Montgomery, Janet Gaynor, Franchot Tone comedy) 

BOYS TOWN 

(The years smash with Tracy grand and Rooney your new money star) 

TOO HOT TO HANDLE 

(Gable and Loyl What a pair! u Test Pilot" records go bye-bye!) 

VACATION FROM LOVE 

(Dennis O'Keefe, Florence Rice a new team for the fans. It's a riot I) 

STABLEMATES 

(Beery, Rooney in laughs and tears! Mickey has captured America!) 

YOUNG DR. KILDARE 

(Just previewed! And what a drama! M-G-M's new series idea will equal the "Hardy 
Family." Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore great!) 

And here are some that follow, one "A" picture after 
another, from now to December, almost all of them 
completed and previewed: 

JUDY GARLAND, FREDDIE BARTHOLOMEW in "LISTEN DARLING" • LUISE RA1NER, FERNAND 
GRAVET, MILIZA KORJUS, "GREAT WALTZ" • ROBERT DONAT, ROSALIND RUSSELL in "THE 
CITADEL" • JEANETTE MacDONALD, NELSON EDDY in "SWEETHEARTS" (Technicolor) • MICKEY 
ROONEY, LEWIS STONE, etc., in "OUT WEST WITH THE HARDYS" • LEW AYRES, MAUREEN 
O'SULLIVAN in "SPRING DANCE" • JOAN CRAWFORD, MARGARET SULLA VAN, ROBERT YOUNG, 
MELVYN DOUGLAS in "THE SHINING HOUR" • LUISE RAINER in "DRAMATIC SCHOOL", etc. 

The industry's new slogan is: "It's Metro- 
Gold wyn -Mayer's Grade A' Year!" 



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U. S. COURT DISMISSES 
PARA, ACCESSORY SUIT 



(Continued f'-om Page 1) 

Big Broadcast of 1937." The suit 
alleged that the Leader Press print- 
ed and distributed advertising' acces- 
sories that contained misleading and 
erroneous information and incor- 
ported therein pictures, cartoons and 
caricatures of stars and feature 
players and left out certain stars, 
names which contractual require- 
ments between Paramount and the 
stars required be printed in certain 
type relations on all advertising. 

"It appears to the court that the 
owner of the theater would be as 
much interested in securing the best 
results from a show or exhibition 
in his theater as would the plaintiff," 
Judge Vaught stated in his opinion, 
"It is not alleged that the defend- 
ant exhibited the advertising mat- 
ter. It merely manufactures the 
character of advertising which the 
theater owner is willing to purchase 
and the theater owner is free to 
purchase this advertising matter 
from the defendant or not, as he 
chooses. He has an opportunity to 
purchase his advertising matter 
from the plaintiffs and the fact that 
he is as much interested as the 
plaintiffs and that he chooses to 
purchase the advertising matter 
prepared by the defendant, would 
indicate that the owner is not of the 
same opinion as the plaintiffs as to 
the value of the advertising matter 
manufactured by the defendants. . . . 
the names to be carried upon the 
advertising matter, while a matter 
of contract between the producer 
and the various personalities ap- 
pearing in the picture, are not a 
matter of contract between the pro- 
ducer and this defendant, as herein- 
after stated, and the plaintiffs have 
a remedy to control the character 
of their pictures by proper provi- 
sions in the contract with the ex- 
hibitor. . . . 

"It appearing. . . .that there is 
no contractual relation of any char- 
acter between the plaintiffs and the 
defendant, the acts of the de- 
fendant complained of by the 
plaintiffs do not constitute unfair 
competition and to sustain the con- 
tention of the plaintiffs in this case 
would merely add the assistance of 
this court to the creation of a mon- 
opoly in the advertising of motion 
pictures. The acts of the defend- 
ants are legitimate, are not in viola- 
tion of the law, and are in keeping 
with the freedom ordinarily exer- 
cised by the independent advertiser." 

Specifically the complaint referred 
to the picture "Cleopatra" alleging 
actress Claudette Colbert was pre- 
sented as a Negress, that the name 
"A Paramount Picture" was omitted 
and that the name of Joseph Schild- 
kraut was omitted; the latter being 
violation of the producers contract 
with the actor. 

On "Big Broadcast" it alleged 
certain names were left out, others 
presented improperly, the firm name 
left out and the required type size 
balance between various players 
named was not adhered to. 



Rodgers To Represent Distributors' 
Committee In Allied Reform Parleys 



(Continued from Page 1) 

"Even now grave doubt exists 
as to the attitude of one power- 
ful factor in the industry." 

3. Speculation as to proposals 
Allied may make to the distrib- 
utors is futile for, while Myers 
has suggested "the basis for a 
constructive industry program," 
this "will not preclude the sub- 
mission of other and different 
proposals at the conference." 
Myers' appearance on the plat- 
form followed that of Rodgers who 
spoke by invitation. Both held the 
attention of a large exhib. audience. 
Rodgers told the assemblage that, 
to him, "conciliation and mutual 
understanding appear the only 
course open to those of us who want 
this business to properly prosper 
and progress." He referred to his 
advocacy of such a policy at Allied 
meetings in Boston and Pittsburgh, 
and traced the several subsequent 
steps. 

Deplores Allied's Policy 
Continuing the Metro sales chief 
said pointedly: 

"That your body chose to spon- 
sor legislation directly aimed at 
what we consider the welfare of our 
industry is lamentable from my 
viewpoint. It indicated a division 
of interests on matters which should 
be, rather than divided, one of com- 
mon understanding. 

"We have taken sharp issue with 
your leaders and will continue to 
do so on any program that threat- 
ens in principle to encourage the 
regulation of our business from any 
other source than from within the 
confines of this industry. 

"We have extended to your or- 
ganization a cordial invitation to 
meet with us with the idea to create 
a better understanding through 
fiank discussion, rather than gov- 
ernmental regulation. 

"No matter what agreements are 
reached, all participants, both on 
your side and ours, will give their 
best to set 'our house in order.' I 
am not willing to subscribe that 
this is a one-sided question by any 
means." 



Myers Voices Optimism 

Myers expressed sincere optimism 
over the possibilities for accom- 
plishing the aims of his organiza- 
tion. He declared that motion pic- 
ture history may be written in the 
next 65 days, but he was emphatic 
in asserting that "any display of in- 
sincerity" would meet with swift 
retribution. 

Pointing out that the annual 
meeting of the board in January 
would come on Allied's tenth anni- 
versary, Myers expressed the belief 
that it would be an occasion for 
great rejoicing. 

"We may even receive the friend- 
ly recognition by the 'big eight' that 
has been witheld through the inter- 
vention of industry politicians," he 
said. "It is an inspiring prospect, 
that of a united industry, its wounds 
bound up and its anguish assuaged, 
surging forward to even greater 
accomplishments." 

The forthcoming parleys, Myers 
told his audience, will not be re- 
stricted, if Allied participates, to 
the program or "points" of any or- 
ganization or group. This was as- 
sured, he said, by Rodgers during a 
discussion of the proposed meetings 
last week in New York. 

"It developed," he continued, 
"that the distributors' committee 
had a copy of a speech I made at 
the Ohio convention last year, out- 
lining what I thought was the basis 
for a constructive industry program 
and it was indicated that this might 
figure in the negotiations with Al- 
lied. But this will preclude the sub- 
mission of other and different pro- 
posals at the conference." 

Allied Action Up to Board 

Although talking as if Allied 
planed joining the parleys, Myers 
made it clear that the appointment 
of a negotiating committee depended 
entirely upon the decision of the 
board which meets in New York 
Oct. 17. "It is not for me to predict 
what action the board will take," he 
said. But assuming the board does 
name a committee, Myers added, it 
will be made up of capable men in 
whom exhibitors should put their 
trust. 



Tele Set Makers Seek 

Assurance of Programs 

(Continued from Page 1) 

diction, it is declared, is predicated 
upon the opportunity afforded manu- 
facturers generally to reach potential 
purchasers via demonstrations. 

NBC is reported to be participat- 
ing in the conferences. 

Dr. Lee De Forest, talking picture 
pioneer, was reported by New York 
sources yesterday to be working on 
the West Coast upon a television re- 
ceiving apparatus, providing an 
image some four feet square. 

Set is still in the development 
stages, it is learned, and that De 
Forest expects to be ready shortly 
to effectuate final refinements. 



Jersey City Orpheum Starts 

Dramatic Stock Policy 

Orpheum Theater, Jersey City, a 
Rosenblatt-Welt house, started its 
stock company policy yesterday. 
House will present stage plays every 
Wednesday through Saturday and 
will show pictures on the other 
three days of the week. If success- 
ful, the policy will be shifted to a 
seven-day legit stand. 

First stage piece will be "Room 
Service," to be followed by "Brother 
Rat" and "Yes, My Darling Daugh- 
ter." All seats in the 1,400-seat 
house will be reserved during the 
four days of stock. No pictures will 
be shown on those days. 

New manager of the Orpheum is 
Joe Parlante. 



MPPDA TO GET STUDIO 
FOREIGN VIEWPOINT 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ners, arrives tomorrow morning, 
while Joseph M. Schenck, 20th-'"\ox 
board chairman, and Samuel >L \;1- 
wyn, who entrained last night, are 
due 24 hours later. Joseph Mos- 
kowitz accompanied Schenck. 

While company business was given 
in each instance on the Coast as the 
reason for the Eastern trek, it was 
reported here that the scheduled 
MPPDA deliberations were a factor. 
Relationship of production budgets 
to foreign revenue explains the keen 
Hollywood interest. 

Industry representations to the 
State Department, with respect to 
the European situation in general as 
well as specific countries, may result 
from Saturday's parley, it was ru- 
mored in foreign department circles 
yesterday. 

Dissatisfaction with the operation 
of the British quota law has brought 
fresh suggestions that a remedy be 
sought through the film provisions of 
the projected Anglo-American trade 
treaty, and in some quarters there is 
the feeling that American quota re- 
strictions might be advisable. 

Harrassed in a number of foreign 
countries by restrictive legislation 
that is slowly throttling the importa- 
tion of American product, and with 
similar legislation either proposed or 
being discussed in more countries, it 
seems likely that a vigorous cam- 
paign will be instigated by the or- 
ganized industry. New restrictive 
legislation in New South Wales and 
West Australia is reported as immi- 
nent. 

Feeling in certain executive circles 
is said to be that the State Depart- 
ment should be pressed to vigorously 
combat anti-American film moves 
abroad. 

It is understood that foreign heads 
of major companies are united in ad- 
vocating that a definite industry 
stand be taken at this time. 

Today's meeting of foreign man- 
agers, at which the Italian situation 
will be considered, is expected to net 
a report that may have strong bear- 
ing on any action taken by the 
MPPDA board Saturday. 



Stern, Warren Organize 

Master Photographers 

Sam Stern, head of Stern Photo 
Co., has formed a correlated company 
to be known as Stern-Warren Mast- 
er Photographers in association with 
Harold W. Warren, former vice-pres- 
ident in charge of sales and produc- 
tion for National Studios, it was 
learned yesterday. 

The new company in no way 
affects the operations of Stern 
Photo Co., for many years one of 
the leading photographic enter- 
prises serving the motion picture 
industry. 

Both Stern Photo and the parallel 
organization, Stern-Warren Master 
Photographers, will headquarter at 
318 West 46th St. 



FIRST TEST ENGAGEMENT OF 

GIRLS' SCHOOL* 

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HELD OVER 
ALADDIN THEATRE 

DENVER, COLO. 

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Big Surprise 1 



SECOND TEST 
ENGAGEMENT 
GRAND THEATRE, 
ALBANY, N. Y. 
FRIDAY, OCT. 14 



FOR SECOND WEEK 
AT THE BIJOU THEATRE, 



SPRINGFIELD, MASS. . . 




SHIRLEYGREYBELLAMY 

Story by Tess Slesinger • Screen play by Tess Sles- 
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VOL. 74, NO. 83 



NEW YORK, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1938 



TEN CENTS 



U. S. Film Companies to Intensify S. American Drive 

TELEVISION INTERESTS JjgTE FOR 3-POJNJ DRIVE 

Six Regional Units Sending Delegates to Trade Parley 



The Industry 

, . and a good press 



By CHESTER B. BAHN i 



kyjORE than 500 newspapers in (he United 
* * ' States have taken editorial cognizance 
of Motion Pictures' Greatest Year and 
while it is impossible to attribute an exact 
percentage of box office gains to these ex- 
pressions of commendation and support, 
obviously they have played some part in 
increasing grosses. 

In the last analysis, however, the indus- 
try's greater benefits from this widespread 
editorial interest promise to materialize as 
improved press, and hence public, rela- 
tions. 

This industry and the public it serves 
have two vital points of contact. One, of 
course, is the box office. The other is 
the printed page. 

The importance of a good press is cheer- 
fully admitted, but the collective industry 
tendency until recently has been to let the 
admission stand, persumably for the record, 
and do nothing further. 

o 

THE unfortunate results of this "policy" 
' may be read in the daily reports of the 
national press services which find their way 
into the news columns, in the chatter of 
the columnists, in the editorial pillars, yes, 
and in the flow of blurbs from publicists 
and press agents. 

The accent, even in the editorials, gen- 
erally has been on the inconsequential and 
the freakish, while the important role the 
industry plays in America's economy has 
been slighted or wholly ignored. 

It has taken the present campaign to 
remind editors and publishers that this is 
a business — a big business and a serious 
business — and not the creation and the 
field of endeavor of zanies. The new (or 
renewed) respect thus gained is reflected 
in no uncertain fashion in both the news 
and editorial slants during the last five 
weeks. 



Invited Groups Accept Invi- 
tation; MPTOA To 
Represent Va. 

Of the eight unaffiliated exhibi- 
tor organizations invited to New 
York for trade reform parleys, six 
will send committees and one will 
be represented by the MPTOA. The 
eighth, Allied Theaters of Oregon, 
is no longer in existence, and hence 
that territory will be unrepresented. 
The West Virginia Managers Asso- 
ciation is naming no special commit- 
tee to meet with the distributors' 

(Continued on Page 4) 



SUCCESS OF PARLEYS 
FORECAST BY R0D6ERS 



Detroit — This city's delegation to 
the Allied of Michigan convention 
returned from Grand Rapids yester- 
day highly confident that the ma- 
jor distributors are prepared to 

(Continued on Page 6) 



THE industry now faces the follow through 
job, and it is earnestly to be hoped 
that it does just that, from Hollywood as 
well as New York. 

Incidentally, this might be an opportune 
time for exhibitors in some other spots 
(Continued on Page 2) 



Harry Cohn Flying East 
for MPPDA Board Parley 

Hollywood contingent rolling into 
New York from the Coast for to- 
morrow's MPPDA meeting which is 
scheduled to start at 10 a.m. was 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Next? ? ? 

First, it was Jock Whitney Hollywood 
nominated as the possible purchaser of 
Universal. 

And yesterday the same sources named 
George Le Boutillier, vice-prexy of the 
Pennsylvania Railroad, who, like Whit- 
ney, was moved to issue a prompt de- 
nial. 

Up at Universal yesterday, they were 
scanning the Directory of Directors with 
the idea of making book on the next 
Hollywood "nominee." 



20TH-F0X REVAMPS 
BRIT. PRODUCTION 



London (By Cable) — Announce- 
ment of a complete new production 
lineup for 20th-Fox at its English 
studios, calling for 11 pictures, with 
at least two to be made in Techni- 
color, was made by Robert T. Kane, 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Fleischer Miami Studio 

to Operate as Open Shop 

Max Fleischer's new Miami stu- 
dio will be operated on an open 
shop basis, it was stated yesterday 
by Louis Nizer, attorney for 
Fleischer. Although a majority of 
the workers will be largely union 
people, Fleischer's contract with the 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Ground Work Laid by U. S. Film Cos, 
for Further S. American Development 



III. Allied Prexy Here in 
Connection with B & K Suit 



Chicago — Jack Kirsch, president 
of Illinois Allied, went to New York 
yesterday in connection with a re- 
ported settlement of the suit re- 
cently instituted against Balaban & 

(Continued on Page 2) 



Intensification of the drive by U. 
S. film companies for South Amer- 
ican biz is indicated by moves made 
by foreign managers. 

Emphasis upon the Latin-Ameri- 
can market at this time results 
from two causes, it is understood. 
First, is the anticipation that the 
European market will react to po- 
litical unrest for some time. Sec- 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Would Use Theater Screens 
and Contests in Promo- 
tional Campaign 

By GEORGE H. MORRIS 
FILM DAILY Staff Writer 

First concerted drive to co-ordi- 
nate the activities of television in- 
terests for the purpose of supplying 
transmitters to broadcasting sta- 
tions, instituting regular programs 
of a sustaining nature, prior to their 
future possible sale to sponsors; and 
the marketing of sets to the public, 
in the wake of a campaign to popu- 
larize their purchase was disclosed 
yesterday to • The Film Daily by 
sources close to the elaborate pro- 
gram. 

Drive, plans for which are re- 

(Continued on Page 5) 

BRITISH LION'S HEAD 
TO MEET WITH YATES 



With the arrival here early next 
week of Sam Smith, managing di- 
rector of British Lion Film Cor- 
poration, Ltd., United Kingdom dis- 
tributor for Republic and producer 
of its quota pictures, it is expected 
that the British exec, will immed- 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Foreign Managers To Seek 
Clarification on P. R. Tax 



Foreign department managers, 
meeting yesterday to discuss the 
new Porto Rican film tax, decided 
to send letters of inquiry to lawyers 
in Porto Rico for clarification on 
certain clauses of the measure. Ap- 
(Continued on Page 6) 



Whitney Going to Coast 

for Production Confabs 



No new S-I releasing arrange- 
ment is expected to result from John 
Hay Whitney's present trip to the 
Coast where he is due to arrive on 

(Continued on Page. 6) 



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Loew's board of directors yester- 
day declared a dividend of $1.62^4 
on the $6 accumulative preferred 
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ers of record on Oct. 28. 



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JOHN HAY WHITNEY, Selznick International 
board chairman, arrives on the Coast Sunday 
by plane. 

HARRY COHN, Columbia president, is sched- 
uled to arrive in New York via Kansas City 
to attend tomorrow's MPPDA meeting. 

SAM SMITH, managing director of British 
Lion Film Corp., Ltd., arrives here next week 
from England. 

JACK KIRSCH, president of Illinois Allied, 
arrived in New York yesterday. 

CROUCHO MARX leaves Hollywood today for 
New York. 

OTTO KRUCER and GLENDA FARRELL are en 
route to New York from the Coast by train. 

DAVID LOEW is scheduled to leave Hollywood 
early next week for New York bringing a print 
of Joe E. Brown's latest picture, "Flirting With 
Fate." 

CABRIEL PASCAL leaves by plane today to 
report at the M-G-M Coast studios for confer- 
ences on his next C. B. Shaw picture. 

AEDO ERMINI, who was in charge of the 
Technicolor photography in "Drums," arrived 
from London on the Bremen and is stopping 
at the Gotham Hotel. He leaves for Holly- 
wood shortly. 

ALBERT N. CHAPERAU has arrived from 
Europe with the rights for several French pic- 
tures. 

GAIL PATRICK has returned to Hollywood 
from Little Rock. 

HARRY PERRY, Paramount cameraman, has 
arrived in New York from Hollywood by plane 
to photograph Riverside Drive shots for "In- 
vitation to Happiness." 



PAT CASEY, producer labor contact, is ex- 
pected to arrive from the Coast within the 
next few days. 

JACK MERSEREAU leaves tonight on the 
Super Chief from Hollywood for New York, re- 
turning to the Coast on Oct. 29. 

BOB CILLHAM, Para, ad and publicity chief, 
is in New Orleans for advance work on Mae 
West pictures. 

CHESTER MORRIS, who has been East on a 
personal appearance tour, leaves today for the 
Coast for a featured role in RKO Radio's 
"Pacific Liner." 

PRISCILLA LANE leaves Hollywood Sunday 
by train for Chicago and to make a pa. with 
the "Brother Rat" premiere at the Virginia 
Military Institute. 

PAT O'BRIEN arrives from the Coast today 
for a short vacation. 

BEULAH BONDI, film actress, is due here 
from the Coast today. 

EDNA WALLACE HOPPER has arrived in New 
York by motor from the Coast and is stopping 
at the Waldorf-Astoria. 

ARTHUR DONEGAN, of the Warner pub- 
licity department, left yesterday for Lexington, 
Va., to attend the "Brother Rat" premiere. 

DAN KELLEY, head of Universal's casting de- 
partment, is in New York for a week at the 
company's home office. 

F. J. A. MCCARTHY, Universal's Eastern 
sales manager, is in New Orleans on a sales 
trip. He will visit other Southern branches 
before returning. 

RICK RICKETSON is here from Denver for 
conferences with Spyros Skouras. 



The Industry 

. and a good press 



(Continued from Page 1) 
to follow the example set by Los Angeles 
showmen and move for a more equitable 
space treatment and other reasonable ad- 
justments. 

The situation effectively and displomat- 
ically cited by the West Coast theater 
owners and managers — the marked differ- 
ences in film and sports attendance and 
newspaper revenues from film and sports 
advertising — is paralleled in practically 
every city, town and village in the country. 



17 Companies Will Have 

Displays at Allied Meet 

Seventeen companies to date have 
reserved exhibit space for Allied's 
eastern regional convention which 
opens in Atlantic City next Wednes- 
day for a three-day period. 

Firms which will have displays 
include Joe Hornstein, Inc., Motio- 
graph, Ideal Seating Corp., Brenkert 
Light Projection, Karagheusian Eug 
Co., Sanitary Automatic Candy 
Corp., Ross Federal Service, Inter- 
national Seats, Republic Pictures, 
Novelty Games, RCA, Metro Pre- 
mium Co., Heywood-Wakefield Co., 
National Theater Supply Co., Acous- 
ticon Corp., Burch Popcorn Co. and 
National Screen Service. 

Although official figures have not 
been compiled, indications are that 
the meetings will have the largest 
attendance in many years. 



III. Allied Prexy Here in 
Connection with B & K Suit 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Katz and a number of the major 
companies. 

Chicago — At the request of de- 
fense attorneys, Judge Wilkerson 
yesterday postponed until Oct. 18 a 
scheduled hearing for a temporary 
injunction sought by independent 
exhibitors in their anti-trust suit 
against major distributors, B & K 
and Warner Bros, theaters. Defense 
attorneys wanted more time to file 
their answers. 



IATSE Asks Bargaining 

Agency Certification 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Los Angeles — Although under the 
basic studio agreement it is recog- 
nized by producers as sole bargain- 
ing agency for the four locals it 
represents, IATSE has petitioned 
NLRB for certification as exclusive 
bargaining agency for the crafts. 
It is understood the move is 
prompted by the desire of IATSE to 
protect its present status against 
the attacks of minority groups. In- 
itial petition was filed on behalf 
of Local 695, sound technicians. 

Chi. Unions Co-operating 

Chicago — Final settlement of the 
theater engineers strike here is 
reported tied in with the present 
operators' negotiations for a new 
contract with theater owners. 

Chicago operators plan a final 
meeting next week to settle their 
new contract. 



"Britain's Dilemma" Too 
"Dangerous," British Viev 

London (By Cable) — Britis 
Board of Film Censors has banne 
the latest issue of The March <jj 
Time, titled "Britain's Dilemma, 
which dramatizes background an 
cause of the Czechoslovak crib's. 

Beyond the statement trft. * th 
reel's content was "dangerous 1 ' an 
"likely to make trouble," no reaso 
was given officially for its suppres 
sion. Distributors were informed b 
the censors, on the film's arrival i 
England, that drastic cuts woul 
have to be made. Since releas 
was set for today, time preclude 
deletions and the subject wa 
shelved. 

Footage starts with dramatiza 
tion of Hitler's "My Struggle," an 
subsequently touches on the Sino 
Japanese conflict, Ethiopia an 
Spain, Austria's seizure, and thei 
the Czech troubles. Ending is 
Munich and the theory Britain wil 
not fight. The final question, refer 
ring to Hitler: "Is he right 0: 
wrong," is said to have displeasei 
the censors and led to subject'; 
rejection. 



Moon and Richey Expected 
to Launch Booking Combine 

Detroit — Departure of Ray Mooi 
and H. M. Richey from Co-operativ< 
Theaters of Michigan gave rise yes 
terday to persistent reports thai 
they may make some move shortlj 
to establish a new booking combine 

Neither Moon nor Richey hav( 
announced future plans. 

It was learned yesterday that Co 
operative Theaters will name n,o 
successor to Richey as public rela 
tions director. 




16,961 titles of Fea- 
ture Productions re- 
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listed in the 1938 edi- 
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Standard Reference 
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DAILY 



Friday, October 14, 1938 



6 REGIONAL UNITS 
FOR TRADE PARLEY 



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representatives, authorizing, in- 
stead, the MPTOA to act for it at 
the scheduled conference on Mon- 
day. 

Subject to confirmation of date 
by the distributors' group, a com- 
mittee representing the MPTO of 
Virginia will come to New York 
on Oct. 27, according to a telegram 
received by The Film Daily from 
President W. P. Crockett. The Vir- 
ginia contingent is to include 
Crockett, Elmore Heins of Roanoke, 
J. Ellison Loth of Waynesboro, Ben- 
jamin T. Pitts of Fredericksburg 
and Williams S. Wilder of Norfolk. 

Allied Theaters of Iowa and Ne- 
braska is sending Wesley Mansfield 
and Leo Wolcott, who are under- 
stood to have suggested Oct. 19 as 
the conference date. 

The MPTO of Kentucky has des- 
ignated Lee Moffitt, Owensboro; 
Leo Keiler, Paducah; Richard Mar- 
tin, Jr., Ashland; Lawrence Davis, 
Hazard; C. 0. Brown, Middlesboro, 
and Sam Switow, Louisville as its 
representatives. 

Robert Pool and Albert Galston, 
representing the ITO of Southern 
California and Arizona, have re- 
quested Wednesday, Oct. 24, as the 
day for their parleys in New York. 

Theater Owners and Managers of 
the Rocky Mountain Region, Inc., is 
favorably disposed, and is expected 
to name a committee over the week- 
end. 

The ITOA will be represented by 
Harry Brandt, Leo Brecher and 
Lawrence Bolognino. 

Testimonial Dinner Tonight 
in Minneapolis For Golden 

Eddie Golden, Monogram's vice- 
president, will be honored at an in- 
dustry testimonial dinner tonight at 
the Nicollet Hotel in Minneapolis. 
Golden and the Eastern contingent 
left New York yesterday afternoon 
for Chicago where they board the 
Burlington Zephyr which brings the 
party into Minneapolis at 3 o'clock. 





Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 



OCTOBER 14 

Lillian Cish 

Benita Hume 

Cyril Gardner 



OCTOBER 15 

Mervyn LeRoy 

Ina Claire 

Harry Webb 



OCTOBER 16 

Harry Rapf 

Lloyd Corrigan 

Frank D. Ormston 

Rex Bell 

Mollie O'Day 



• • • HEIGHT of service to patrons reached in the ex- 
perience of M. D. Cdhn, manager of Monarch's Penn Theater at New 

Castle, Pa it seems that an expectant father was viewing "Boys' 

Town" when the hurry call came from his wife. Cohn located the 

father, and discovered the distracted fellow didn't have his car handy 

so the theater manager not only rushed the daddy home in his 

own car but also picked up the mother and sped her to the hospital 

just about two jumps ahead of the stork as Mister Cohn 

tells the story to Charlie Baron, the M-G-M exploifeer in those parts, 
he could hear the flapping of the stork's wings as he went through stop 

lights and under the nose of a coming freight train but the story 

has a very un-Holly wood ending the grateful parents wanted to 

name the baby girl after some femme in the picture, but there is no 

femme in the cast of "Boys' Town" but the grateful parents were 

not to be denied so they have called the Ii'l gal Cohnstance, after 

Manager Cohn 

T T W 

• • • TWO-PAGE spread in LIFE mag on an indie picture 
isn't bad atall, atall Irving Shapiro and Arche Mayers, main- 
springs of World Pictures cracked the current issue of the 

pictorial mag with the spread on the French film directed by Jean 
Renoir, "Grand Illusion," consisting of stills and comments on 

the film one of the finest that has ever come out of France 

Shapiro and Mayers capitalized this break by arranging 

with Western Union to deliver in all key cities copies of the mag 
to exhibitors and bookers 

T T ▼ 

• • • SEARCH for veterans of the. famous Submarine Patrol units 
of the Navy who served overseas in the war is being made by 20 th 

Century -Fox they will be brought to New York for the opening of 

"Submarine Patrol" late in November scenes for the film were 

taken aboard the sub chaser division based at Annapolis there 

are only four of these ships now in commission 

T T T 

• • • IT MIGHT happen to your theater. as it did to 

one of the Broadway houses which kept the Movie Quiz 

Contest banner flying out front on a production that was not in 

the national contest some of the customers demanded their 

money back and they got it a thing like this might 

prove as bad as a run on a bank 

T ▼ T 

• • • GALA OPENING in London Town for the new War- 
ner Theater, built on the site of the historic Old Daly's Theater 

among the notable, guests were the Duke and Duchess of Kent, who 

officially sponsored the opening as the proceeds 'were donated to 

the British Empire Cancer fund the American Ambassador Joseph 

P. Kennedy was the guest of Jack Warner and his wife the attrac- 
tion was "Robin Hood" a Hollywood opening with floodlight 

features of the new house are a royal box and a royal reception room. 

T T ▼ 

• • • WHILE THIS Warner organization was thus hobnob- 
bing with British royalty in their new London palace at 

about the same hour in Philadelphia, there was a special screen- 
ing of the company's short, "Declaration of Independence," in 
the reception room of the Mayor's office attending the cere- 
mony of presenting Norman Moray, Vitaphone sales manager, 
with a special plaque memoralizing Warners for the patriotic film. 



MAJORS TO INTENSIFY 
SO. AMERICAN DRIVE 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ondly, the fact that the majority of 
the principal S. A. countries bal- 
anced their budgets during the^ > st 
year, a sign of growing prosperity. 

Walter J. Hutchinson, 20th-Fox 
foreign distribution director, com- 
pleted a Central and South Amer- 
ican tour this week, sailing for 
South Africa; Arthur Loew, Metro's 
foreign chief is now in Cuba, en 
route to Mexico and countries fur- 
ther south; Phil Reisman, RKO for- 
eign exec, preceded his present Eu- 
ropean trip with a swing through 
the Latin-Americas, while John W. 
Hicks, Jr., of Para, and Sam Mor- 
ris of Warners conferred exten- 
sively with S. A. managers, sum- 
moned to New York, prior to their 
departures for Europe. 

It is the opinion of foreign man- 
agers that these territories stack 
up as a great potential market. No 
marked increase in revenue can be 
expected immediately, it is said, but 
it is the concurrent opinion that 
over a period of the next few years, 
tremendous strides will be made. 

Existing relations between the 
United States and countries in 
South and Central America have 
never been better, it is pointed out. 
Recent conclusion of a number of 
new trade pacts has also helped to 
cement these bonds, as well as Pres- 
ident Roosevelt's visit last year. 
Every effort is being made by the 
Government to strengthen trade 
ties and stimulate reciprocal trad- 
ing agreements. These pacts will 
help the film business inestimably, 
it is said. 

Further evidence of the major 
companies' interest is found in the 
number of pictures in Spanish that 
will be turned out this year. Para- 
mount and 20th-Fox have both out- 
lined a program of Spanish pic- 
tures, with Fox also dubbing shorts 
for the market. This is apart from 
an increasing number of indepen- 
dent producers of both features and 
shorts who have aimed their pic- 
tures directly at these countries. 



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Perelmans Said Weighing 
Doubles Damage Actions 

Philadelphia — U. S. Supreme 
Court decision in favor of the Perel- 
mans in the so-called Philly duals 
case may result in damage suits by 
the Perelmans against the majors, 
based on the alleged refusal of the 
exchanges to sell them pix for dou- 
bles, it was reported here yesterday. 



Family Pix Rule 

Only three of the 42 features re- 
viewed by the National Board of Re- 
view during September were listed as 
for mature audiences. They were "The 
Lady Objects," "Paroled from the Big 
House" and "Secrets of an Actress." 
Other 39 were given family or family- 
junior audience rating. 



riday, October 14, 1938 



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ported as fast taking definite shape, 
is the result of general realization 
on the part of interests involved 
that immediate commercial develop- 
ment of television is keyed to co- 
operative effort rather than a com- 
petitive policy. 

To whet public interest in tele- 
vision, the plans, as disclosed yes- 
terday, call for the early use of 100 
theater screens in New York, Phil- 
adelphia and Boston, the present 
three Eastern television centers. A 
considerable number of the houses 
are said to be in the RKO field. 
Receivers as Giveaways 

Television receivers as theater 
giveaways is the crux of the setup 
insofar as the film houses are con- 
cerned. In return for free receiv- 
ers, to be awarded local contest 
winners, the co-operating theaters 
would be expected to run trailers 
or shorts depicting telecasting and 
tele-reception. 

Placing of these pioneer television 
sets in homes in the three metropol- 
itan cities is confidently expected to 
give the required impetus to re- 
ceiver sales. In addition, the plan's 
proponents see the trailers a valu- 
able auxiliary. 

The next step upward from the 
availability of sets to the public 
is concerning telecast periods via 
which regular programs will be as- 
sured to set purchasers. A fund is 
proposed to which all interested or- 
ganizations in the television field 
may subscribe. Proceeds will de- 
fray the cost over an indefinite per- 
iod to make possible sustaining pro- 
grams, pending the advent of com- 
mercial sponsors. 

RCA, it is learned, may or may 
not allocate a portion of its present 
limited fund to the sustaining pro- 
gram idea, but, in any event, is ex- 
pected to appropriate for the 
"kitty." 

Necessity of a new deal in the 
telecast field is logical, it is pointed 
out, because programs in the past 
have had so many periodic lulls that 
the public urge to purchase sets 
under such circumstances is at too 
low an ebb to permit manufacturers 
of sets to make effective inroads. 
Aim at More Stations 

The final upward step in the plan 
concerns television stations. More 
must be provided, it is contended. 
RCA's desire to bring this about was 
manifest yesterday with the an- 
nouncement in Camden by I. R. 
Baker, manager of transmitting 
equipment sales for RCA Mfg. Co., 
that his department is preparing to 
supply information on recent tele- 
vision transmitter developments to 
broadcasting stations. 

Camden announcement pointed 
out that RCA has supplied the tele- 
vision transmitting equipment for 
the Empire State Building broad- 
casts and for the new CBS station 



Here's Your Chance 

A unique first-prize will be awarded 
in connection with a raffle held as part 
of the Catholic Actors Guild rally at 
the Plaza next Sunday night. The 
holder of the winning ticket will be 
given a screen test at the 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox New York studio, 10th Avenue 
and 56th Street. 



20th Century-Fox Revamps 

Its British Production 



(Continued from Page 1) 

production head for the company 
here. Budget estimate for the in- 
creased program was said to be 
around $4,000,000. 

Acquisition of a number of story 
rights has been made by Kane dur- 
ing the past few months, including 
rights to a detective series. Titles 
announced are as follows: two "In- 
spector Hornleigh" films, "Handley 
Cross," "Hangman's House," "Fren- 
chie," "Husbands Beware," "Old 
Folks At Home" and "Sally Of The 
Shipyards." Gracie Fields and An- 
nabella head the list of players who 
will appear in the films. 



20-Mile Route Is Planned 
For Toronto Drive Parade 



Toronto — Instead of following a 
five-mile route, as originally plan- 
ned, Toronto's "Motion Pictures Are 
Your Best Entertainment" parade, 
Oct. 22, will cover a route of be- 
tween 20 and 25 miles along some 
of the city's principal streets. Dewey 
D. Bloom, head of the film publicity 
and radio committee for the indus- 
try's business drive, also announc.es 
that every branch of the industry 
will share in the parade's cost. The 
civic authorities have given permis- 
sion for erection of imposing ban- 
ners with words: "Toronto Wel- 
comes Motion Pictures' Greatest 
Year," at principal street intersec- 
tions. 



George Hartman Dead 

Youngstown, O. — George F. Hart- 
man, Jr., 52, motion picture opera- 
tor at the Cameo Theater, died sud- 
denly of a heart attack. He leaves 
his wife, a daughter, a brother, and 
his father. 



Mary Rorke Dies at 80 

London (By Cable) — Mary Rorke, 
80, stage and screen actress for 66 
years, is dead here. She retired in 
1933, her last appearance being in 
the British pix, "Testimony." Biog- 
raphy fills five columns in the "The- 
atrical Who's Who." 



atop the Chrysler Building. The 
NBC-Empire State programs, other 
sources said, will be re-instituted 
about the middle of next month and 
CBS will follow about six weeks 
later. Installation of the latter 
equipment necessitated utilization of 
two of the Chrysler elevator shafts. 




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SOME RECENT INSTALLATIONS 

Theatre Location 

Howard New Haven, Ct. 

Dixwell New Haven, Ct. 

Cumberland Brunswick, Me. 

Ritz Baltimore, Md. 

Thompson Square . . .Charlestown, Mass. 

Apollo Atlantic City, N.J. 

Astor Atlantic City, N. J. 

Algonquin Manasquan, N. J. 

Rialto Ridgefield Park, N. J. 

Transfer North Bergen, N. J. 

Strand Ocean City, N. J. 

Rialto Albion, N. Y. 

Cataract Niagara Falls, N. Y. 

Park Windsor, N. Y. 

Stratford Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 

Lake Indian Lake, N. Y. 

Park Narrowsburg, N. Y. 

Corona Groton, N. Y. 

Town Hall Homer, N. Y. 

Chelton Philadelphia, Pa. 

Tioga Philadelphia, Pa. 

Hollywood Pottsville, Pa. 

New Main Ephrata, Pa. 

Comerford Carlisle, Pa. 

Community Woodstock, Va. 

Ashton Clarendon, Va. 

Imp Benton, Ark. 

Paramount Miami, Fla. 

Joys '. Vinton, La. 

Ritz Tabor City, N. C. 

Cherokee Enid, Okla. 

Mullins Mullins, 6. C. 

Carolina Kingstree, S. C. 

Strandi Uvalde, Texas 

State Gainesville, Tex. 

San Carlos Coolidge, Ariz. 

Delta Brentwood, Cal. 

Oakley Oakley, Cal. 

Fox Alexander Glendale, Cal. 

Gentry Los Angeles, Cal. 

Nile Bakersfield, Cal. 

State Pasadena, Cal. 

Linda Watts, Cal. 

New Sterling, Colo. 

LaFayette LaFayette, Ind. 

Ohio Madison, Ind. 

State Dubuque, la. 

Keck Wapelo, la. 

Strand West Liberty, la. 

Mainstreet Chanute, Kan. 

Uptown Wichita, Kan. 



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SUCCESS OF PARLEYS 
FORECAST BY RODGERS 



reviews of nEUi fums 



(Continued from Page 1) 

make concessions which will assure 
industry peace. 

Optimism was based upon the re- 
marks of both William F. Rodgers, 
Metro sales chief, and Abram F. 
Myers, national Allied's board chair- 
man and general counsel, at the 
convention. In particular, the ex- 
hibs. cited the Rodgers statement: 
"That we will be successful in our 
deliberations, seems to me to be a 
certainty." Rodgers is scheduled to 
act for the distributors' committee 
in the anticipated parleys with Al- 
lied. 

As a further cue to the distrib- 
utor attitude as the reform parleys 
draw near, the Detroit contingent 
yesterday placed emphasis on these 
words of Rodgers. 

"We as distributors are committed 
and you may have my assurance 
that every step of the way will be 
met courageously, if you choose to 
look at it from that standpoint; 
fearlessly, if you can accept it as 
such, and furthermore, with a defi- 
nite conviction that we want, and 
sincerely so, to have a state of con- 
fidence exist, and are prepared to 
discuss every phase of our different 
problems and will do our level best 
to bring about the understanding 
that will enable all of us to more 
completely enjoy the benefits of our 
great industry." 

Membership in Allied Theaters of 
Michigan has increased 60 per cent 
in a year, almost entirely upstate, 
it was stated at the theatermen's 
convention wh i c h was attended 
by 200. Paid up dues are at the 
highest point on record. The con- 
vention atmosphere was harmonious, 
indicating a full recovery from the 
rift of the co-operative slip a year 
ago. 

At an informal session President 
Ray Branch was proposed for mem- 
bership on the conciliation board. 
Subject of free shows by merchants 
commanded much attention with 
strong sentiment for legislation out- 
lawing them. Twilight Softball was 
attacked as hurtful opposition. 

Several co-operative leaders at- 
tended the banquet last night which 
closed the convention. Edward C. 
Beatty and J. 0. Brooks of the But- 
terfield circuit attended the busi- 
ness session. 



Harry Cohn Flying East 

for MPPDA Board Parley 

(Continued from Page 1) 

augmented by the announcement 
yesterday that Columbia's president, 
Harry Cohn, is en route here by 
plane. 

Joseph M. Schenck, H. M. Warner 
and Samuel Goldwyn are other film 
barons making the trek in time to 
attend the session. Warner arrives 
this morning, Schenck and Goldwyn 
tomorrow. 



"Five of a Kind" 

with the Dionne Quints, Jean Hersholt, 

Claire Trevor 

20th Century-Fox 83 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

HERE'S REAL BOX OFFICE WITH THE 

DIONNES SCORING HEAVILY. 

The Dionne darlings, in their third an- 
nual screen appearance, are certain to score 
heavily. They sing two songs in French 
and do a minuet. Their antics and capers 
are a constant delight, with Herbert I. 
Leeds' sympathetic direction an important 
factor in guiding their audience appeal. 
Sol M. Wurtzel rates credit as executive 
producer. The various principals do splen- 
did work, with Jean Hersholt again appear- 
ing as Dr. Dafoe. Claire Trevor is a New 
York newspaperwoman, whose greatest rival 
on important stories is Cesar Romero, who 
"pulls" several hoaxes. His first hoax 
results in Claire being fired from her 
job. Later, Romero learns she is going to 
Moosefown to get the quints on a radio 
program. He flies to Moosetown and pos- 
ing as a United States Marshal, warns 
Slim Summerville, Moosetown officer, that 
Clarie is a fraud. When Claire detrains 
at Moosetown, she is jailed by Summerville. 
She finally gets word to Hersholt, and 
Romero makes a hurried exit. Claire's 
broadcast with the famous chlidren re- 
sults in Henry Wilcoxon, head of a New 
York foundling home, asking Claire's aid 
in raising funds for his institution. She 
gets authority to have the quints appear 
in New York at a benefit for the home, 
but when Romero again hoaxes her on a 
story which she broadcasts about a "mother" 
with six newly born "babes," the Canadian 
Government refuses to allow the quints to 
go to New York. Romero relents and gets 
permission for the children to participate 
in a television performance in behalf of 
the home. Inez Courtney, John Qualen, 
Andrew Tombes, Jane Darwell, Hamilton 
MacFadden, Charles D. Brown, Marion 
Byron and David Torrence are among the 
principals. Lou Breslow and John Patrick 
wrote the original screenplay. Daniel B. 
Clark contributed an excellent camera job. 
Sidney Clare and Samuel Pokrass wrote "All 
Mixed Up," which is chanted by the Dionne 
offspring. 

CAST: The Dionne Quintuplets, Jean 
Hersholt, Claire Trevor, Cesar Romero, 
Slim Summerville, Henry Wilcoxon, Inez 
Courtney, John Qualen, Jane Darwell, Pau- 
line Moore, John Russel, Andrew Tombes, 
David Torrence, Marion Byron, Hamilton 
MacFadden, Spencer Charters, Charles D. 
Brown. 

CREDITS: Executive Producer, Sol M. 
Wurtzel; Director, Herbert I. Leeds; Au- 
thors, Lou Breslow and John Patrick; 
Screenplay, Same; Cameraman, Daniel B. 
Clark; Art Directors, Bernard Herzbrun and 
Chester Gore; Editor, Fred Allen; Musical 
Director, Samuel Kaylin; Song, "All Mixed 
Up," by Sidney Clare and Samuel Pokrass. 

DIRECTION, Sympathetic. PHOTOGRA- 
PHY, Swell. 



"The Last Express" 

with Kent Taylor, Dorothy Kent 

Universal 63 Mins. 

JUMBLED MURDER MYSTERY LACKS 
CLARITY AND SUSPENSE TO HOLD 
THRILL FANS. 

A very confused drama involving the pur- 
loining of documents from the district at- 
torney's office in a combine between a 
powerful gangster and some crooked city 
officials. The D. A. calls in two private 
detectives to help solve the mystery. Mean- 
while, the gangster's agent has been held 
up and the documents hijacked from him. 
Then there are two other private detec- 
tives working at cross purposes with the 
two hired by the district attorney. A lot 
of things happen without any proper mo- 
tivation or sufficient explanation so that 
the audience can follow what is going on. 
It is all very confusing. You can't figure 
out who is working with who, or who is 
trying to double-cross who. But there is 
always a lot of lively conversation and 
jumping around of the characters, so that 
the swiftness of the tempo fools you into 
thinking there is really some excitement 
going on. When it is all over, you find 
that there has been a lot of activity but 
nothing substantial in the way of thrills or 
suspense. Much ado is made about a dis- 
carded spur of a subway in Brooklyn around 
which the clues finally center. All hands 
go down in this old subway that connects 
with the regular subway, and crawl down 
into it just in time to miss an onrushing 
express train. This serves to give the pic- 
ture its title, but little else. Kent Taylor 
is much above his role as the snappy pri- 
vate detective, with a penchant for pretty 
femme faces. All the rest of the charac- 
ters are more or less blurred, or else shoved 
in the background in order to keep Taylor 
in the spotlight. Dorothea Kent is nebu- 
lous in a part that is just that way, and 
she is not to blame. 

CAST: Kent Taylor, Dorothea Kent, Don 
Brodie, Greta Granstedt, Paul Hurst, Sam- 
uel Lee, Albert Shaw, Ed Raquello, Robert 
E. Keane, Charles Trowbridge, Addison 
Richards. 

CREDITS: Producer, Irving Starr; Direc- 
tor, Otis Garrett; Author, Bayard Kendrick; 
Screenplay, Edmund L. Hartman. 

DIRECTION, Weak. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Okay. 



Whitney Going to Coast 

for Production Confabs 



3 MAJORS SETTING 
DEALS WITH SAENGER 



New Orleans — All majors may be 
set with deals for the Saenger The- 
aters and its network of aff ytes 
this week as RKO, Universal- and 
United Artists sent executives into 
New Orleans to negotiate. H. M. 
Lyon, southern district manager, is 
here for RKO; United Artists sent 
Bob Mochrie, while Frank J. A. 
McCarthy, Eastern sales manager, 
and Harry (Mahatma Ghandi) Gra- 
ham, Southern district manager, 
are on the ground for Universal, 
Paramount, Columbia, 20th Century- 
Fox, M-G-M and Vitagraph are al- 
ready reported to have deals. 



Mrs. Luke Johnson Dies 

Boston — Mrs. Luke Johnson, 
mother of Dorothy Johnson, press 
representative for the Shubert The- 
aters, is dead. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Sunday, The Film Daily learned 
yesterday. 

Whitney's trip is essentially for 
huddles on production plans for 
"Gone With the Wind" as well as 
"Intermezzo," which may be pro- 
duced this Fall. Should the former 
require David O. Selznick's undivid- 
ed attention, however, the latter 
will go over until next Summer. 



Fleischer Miami Studio 
to Operate as Open Shop 

(Continued from Page 1) 

artists' union does not call for a 
ploye has been guaranteed. 

Fleischer will be permitted, it 
was said, to hire non-union workers 
at his own discretion. Transporta- 
tion of the New York staff to Miami 
and a year's contract for each em- 
p J oyee has been guaranteed. 

A vote will be taken two weeks 
from today as to whether the work- 
ers will remain under the CIO ban- 
ner or select the A F of L as their 
choice. 

A committee representing the 
United American Artists and Pro- 
fessional Workers Union met with 
Fleischer representatives last night. 
Agreement on a new contract was 
reported near. 



DeMille Signs Stanwyck 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Barbara Stanwyck 
will play the feminine lead in Cecil 
B. DeMille's "Union Pacific." 



Head of British Lion, Ltd. 
Coming to Confer with Yates 

(Continued from Page 1) 

iately huddle with Herbert J. Yates, 
Republic chieftain, on production 
and financing questions concerning 
next year's program. 

The Smith-Yates conferences are 
expected to formulate a final pro- 
gram for the fullfilment of Repub- 
lic's quota needs under the new 
British regulations. It is not known 
what the Republic program will 
comprise, but it is almost a certainty 
that budget costs in England will 
be increased over past years. 



Foreign Managers to Seek 
Clarification of P. R. Tax 



(Continued from Page 1) 

pointed to handle the matter were 
Franklyn S. Irby, of 20th Century- 
Fox, and Joseph Rosthal, of 
Loew's, Inc. 

The tax, which has been increased 
to three cents a foot, becomes ef- 
fective Dec. 31 and American dis- 
tributors are seeking to restrain its 
enforcement. 



Friday, October 14, 1938 



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HOLLYWOOD 
Lamont on "Inverted Cipher" 
pRANKLYN WARNER, head of 
"i^q^ie Arts, has assigned Charles 
Lamont, producer-director, to han- 
dle "Inverted Cipher," the second 
in the series of "Cipher Bureau" 
stories. Arthur Hoerl and Monroe 
Shaff are writing the story, which 
will deal with the activities of 
United States Government opera- 
tives in stamping out espionage. 

T ▼ T 

They Saw "Ice Follies" 

Our Passing Show: Samuel Gold- 
wyn, Gary Cooper, Charles R. Rog- 
ers, Arthur Hornblow, Jr., Myrna 
Loy, Hedy Lamarr, Reginald Gard- 
ner Gene Markey, Mervyn LeRoy, 
Harold Lloyd, Norman Taurog, 
Harry Sherman, Joan Crawford, 
Mitchell Leisen, Harry Joe Brown, 
Sally Eilers, Mickey Rooney, John 
M. Stahl, George E. Marshall, Jack 
Moss, Frank Borzage, Rufus Le- 
Maire, Adrian, Janet Gaynor, Rich- 
ard Dix, Alice Faye, Milton Bren, 
Virginia Bruce, J. Theodore Reed, 
Arnold Kunody, Cesar Romero, 
Nancy Carroll, Joe Rivkin, Ralph 
Bellamy, Ivan Lebedeff at the open- 
ing of the "Ice Follies." 



WHO'S WHO IN HOLLYWOOD 

• • • Introducing Interesting 'Personalities: No. 199 • • • 

JACK OTTERSON. Supervising art director for Universal. Born in Pittsburgh, 
Pa., in 1908. Educated Hotchkiss Preparatory School, Art Students League, 
New York; Yale School of Fine Arts, B.F.A.; Paris Beaux Arts School. Awarded 
the John Weir scholarship at Yale for 1927-28; won honorable mention in award 
of Alvord Scholarship for 1928-29. Special honorable mention in the Prix de 
Rome. National scholarship in 1928-29, and honorable mention in award of 
William Winchester Fellowship, 1929-30. As- 
sisted on decorative designs on the Empire State 
Building, New York City; decorative designs in 
New York Architectural League Catalogue in 
1929. In 1932 started as sketch artist with Fox 
studios, then became assistant art director and 
then supervising art director. Moved to Universal 
in 1936. Some outstanding pictures for which he 
did the art are "Carolina," "One More Spring," 
"Orchids to You," "Curly Top," "Thanks a Mil- 
lion," "Bad Boy," "Magnificent Brute," "Three 
Smart Girls," "You're a Sweetheart," "Mad 
About Music," "The Rage of Paris," "Letter of 
Introduction," "Road to Reno," "That Certain 
Age" and "Youth Takes a Fling." 





Republic Recalls Staub i story by Gerald Geraghty. Staub 

Ralph Staub has been called back ! directed the last, "Prairie Moon." 

to Republic- to direct the next Gene ! Increased popularity of Autry has 
to Kepublic to direct the next uene Republic increasing the budget on 

Autry starrer, 'Romance on the his pictures to rate with the highest 

Range." Harry Grey to produce, I cost westerns now being made. 



'The Sisters" Premiere 

Set for Butte Oct. 20 



West Coa-t Bureau of THE FILM DAILT 

Los Angeles — Fox West Coast 
will give the Northwest its biggest 
premiere when, on Oct. 20, it opens 
Warners' "The Sisters" at its Rialto 
Theater in Butte, home town of 
Myron Brinig, who wrote the best- 
seller upon which the pix is based. 
Via Western Air Express, Warners 
will fly several principals from the 
cast of "The Sisters" to Butte to 
make p.a.'s at the opening. A na- 
tional radio hookup is being set. 



Harry Kalmine Re-elected 

Pittsburgh — Harry Kalmine, zone 
manager for Warners in this terri- 
tory, was re-elected Post Command- 
er of the Pittsburgh Variety Club 
Post No. 589 of the American Le- 
gion, and C. C. Kellenberg, local 
sales mnaager for 20th Century- 
Fox, was re-elected post adjutant, 
at a meeting held in the William 
Penn Hotel Oct. 3. Installation of 
officers will take place Oct. 10. 



"Popeye" Creator Dying 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Santa Monica — E. C. Segar, car- 
toonist creator of "Popeye the 
Sailor," is critically ill here, his 
death anticipated. 



B & K Denies Conspiracy 

In Answer to Gary Suit 

Charges that it is a party to any 
illegal combination or conspiracy in 
restraint or restriction of interstate 
commerce are denied by B & K in 
replying to anti-trust charges 
brought by the Gary Theater Co., 
Gary, Ind., against major distribu- 
tors and the B & K circuit. Copies 
of the answers, prepared by B & K 
attorneys, Sonnenschein, Berkson, 
Lautmann, Levinson & Morse, were 
received in New York yesterday. 

The circuit admits that the "plain- 
tiff seeks to bring this suit under the 
so-called anti-trust laws," but it de- 
nies that the "subject matter of this 
action is in any way affected by the 
provisions of any of said laws." 

Allegations in all paragraphs of 
the suit are denied except those de- 
scribing clearance regulations, cor- 
porate names and others relative to 
release dates. Strict proof of the 
charges are demanded. 



Duals at 5 Cents 

Omaha — The Nebraska Theater, lo- 
cated in the city's downtown business 
sector, reopens today. Lester Dollison, 
former Kermit, Tex., exhib., will oper- 
ate with duals at 5-10-15 cents. 



Screen Trailer Warning 

Against Quiz Tipsters 

Trailer No. 9, issued by Motion 
Pictures' Greatest Year in connec- 
tion with the $250,000 Quiz contest, 
contains a warning against "tip- 
sters" and movie magazines offering 
alleged correct answer to the con- 
test questions. Trailer asserts that 
one magazine already has given 
three wrong answers. 



Radio Stars Coming Thru 
With Plugs for Ad Drive 

Radio's top-flight personalities are 
coming through with plugs for the 
film industry drive at a gratifying 
pace, it was learned by Film Daily 
yesterday. 

An appeal in the form of a per- 
sonal letter recently sent by Mort 
Blumenstock, Warners advertising 
and publicity director in the east 
and chairman of the radio commit- 
tee of Motion Pictures' Greatest 
Year, to 30 air luminaries with vast 
audience coverages has netted plugs 
for the "greatest year" and the 
movie quiz. 

Among those who have built gags 
or situations around the drive in 
their broadcasts of the past few 
days are Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor 
and Bob Hope. Blumenstock's tech- 
nique was to appeal first to those 
radio performers who do some pic- 
ture work on the theory that their 
movie-consciousness would result in 
co-operation. Blumenstock plans 
other mail appeals to various types 
of radio performance. 

Several special radio programs 
dedicated or related to the movie 
drive are being arranged by Blu- 
menstock in the metropolitan area 



Dallas V. C. Tourney Nets 
$3,000 for Freeman Clinic 



Dallas — Fall golf tournament and 
festival of the local Variety Club 
netted approximately $3,000 for the 
Freeman Memorial Clinic. Joe Lew- 
andos shot a hole in one at the tour- 
ney. 



W. E. ROBERTS, 

Manager, 

The Lyric Theatre 

of the Public-Saenger- 

Sparks Circuit, 

Gainesville, Via. 

"Detects f ( Scratch'' 
When Big Truck 
Shakes Theatre 

GAINESVILLE, FLA.-"Right after com- 
pleting a routine inspection, my Altec 
man, W. M. Shubert, noticed a trace of 
scratchiness in the sound, just when a 
heavy truck rumbled by the theatre," said 
W. E. Roberts, manager of the Lyric 
Theatre here. 

"Shubert was immediately suspicious 
and went back to the booth. He found that 
a wire to the amplifier, covered by insu- 
lation, was broken. The only reason the 
amplifier wasn't completely dead was be- 
cause by accident the lead sheathing of 
another wire was touching the frame of 
the amplifier, making a shaky contact. 

"All we would have needed, to lose a 
Saturday night's full house business was 
to have another big truck go by in the 
middle of the show. It's a good thing that 
Shubert has such a sensitive hearing— 
and such a suspicious nature." 

The Altec Service Inspector is thoroughly 
trained and equipped to service all makes 
of sound equipment, however modified or 
modernized since equipment was purchased. 




ALTEC SERVICE CORPORATION 
250 West 57th Street 
New York City. 

Gentlemen: Without obligation to myself, you 
may have the Altec Inspector in my neigh- 
borhood tell me why an Altec Service Agree- 
ment can give me greater protection. 

NAME 

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NEW YORK, MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1938 



TEN CENTS 



Kuykendall Sees Trade Parleys Netting 5 Big Reforms 

INDUSTRYPROBLEMS DISCUSSED AT MPPDA MEETING 

Allied and MPTOA Leaders Decide Trade Issues Today 



Allied Execs. To Decide On 

Participation in Parley; 

MPTOA Maps Course 

MPTOA's executive committee and 
Allied's board of directors meet in 
separate sessions today to decide 
courses of action in connection with 
the trade practice conferences to be 
held this week in New York. The 
MPTOA group will huddle at 1 p.m. 
at organization headquarters to pre- 
pare recommendations for submis- 
sion to the distributors' negotiating 
committee. Allied's board will con- 
vene to decide whether or not the 
association will participate in the 
trade practice parleys. 

Wednesday has been set for the 

(Continued on Page 3) 

MYERS STATES ALLIED 
TRADE REFORM STAND 



Any trade reforms negotiated with 
Allied "must meet the reasonable 
demands of the religious, welfare 
and educational groups so that mo- 

(Continued on Page 11) 



Gaumont Brit. Drops Contest; 
$200,000 for Advertisements 

Plans formulated by Gaumont 
British to hold a contest campaign 
similar to the current Motion Pic- 
tures' Greatest Year drive have 
been definitely abandoned, and an 
allocation of $200,000 made by the 
company for campaign expenditures 
will be spent for advertising and 
publicity for the company's pic- 
tures, it was learned over the week- 
end from authoritative sources. 

It was pointed out that the GB 

(.Continued on Page 4) 



Ed Peskay Is General Mgr. 
For Kute Kris Kringle Co. 

Ed Peskay, former vice-president 

of Grand National Films, has been 

appointed general manager of sales 

and distribution of Kute Kris Krin- 

(Continued on Page 11) 



Muzah inaugurates Radio News Service 

Muzak Corp., a Warner Bros, subsidiary, inaugurated on Saturday a news service, 
through a deal with Transradio Press, for three five-minute programs daily, plus a 
special sports resume at 6 p.m. and flash news throughout the day. It will broadcast 
news from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. 



REPORT SETTLEMENT 
OF ABP-OSTRER SUIT 



London (By Cable) — Reports per- 
sisted at the week-end that an out 
of court settlement of the fraud ac- 
tion brought by Associated British 
Pictures against Mark and Isidor 
Ostrer had been effected. Action 

(Continued on Page 11) 



SCHENCK SEES GAIN 
IN FOX'S EARNINGS 



Arriving Saturday morning from 
the Coast to attend the MPPDA 
meeting and to confer with Presi- 
dent Franklin D. Roosevelt in Wash- 
ington either today or tomorrow, 
Joseph M. Schenck, board chairman 

(Continued on Page 3) 



THE WEEK IN REVIEW 

Schaefer Leaves UA — Majors Eye S. A. Market 

===== By GEORGE H. MORRIS = 



DOMESTIC 

Monday's headlines disclosed the 
resignation submitted at the week- 
end by George J. Schaefer, which 
marked the relinquishment of his 
post as UA's vice-president and gen- 
eral manager in the U. S. and Can- 
ada. Persistent reports placed his 

(Continued 



FOREIGN 

Balanced budgets by South Amer- 
ican countries, plus the considera- 
tion of continued European unrest, 
moved U. S. foreign managers dur- 
ing the week to eye the intensifica- 
tion of their efforts to make the 
most of the opportunities obviously 

on Page 4) 



Shorts, Cancellation, Conciliation 
Problems to be Solved — Kuykendall 



Industry Leaders to Attend 
Harris Party at Music Hall 

Will H. Hays, Jack Cohn, Nate 
Spingold, Jacob Wilk, Herman Wob- 
ber, Gradwell Sears, Arthur Lee, 
Major L. E. Thompson, Oscar Doob, 
E. L. McEvoy, License Commission- 
er Paul Moss, and other industry 
leaders, newspaper and trade press 

(Continued on Page 11) 



By ERNEST W. FAIR 

FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Oklahoma City — From the forth- 
coming trade parleys in New York 
will emerge five major reforms in 
industry practices, it is forecast by 
Ed Kuykendall, MPTOA prexy, who 
hopes to announce crystallization of 
the results of the distributor-ex- 
hibitor deliberations at the MPTOA's 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Worlds Fair Pic, Guilds, Ad 
Drive and Trade Prac- 
tices on Program 

In an adjourned meeting which 
lasted more than seven hours, the 
MPPDA board of directors Saturday 
discussed and, in some instances, 
disposed of a number of industry 
issues including the production of 
pictures for the New York and San 
Francisco World Fairs, studio guilds, 
the Motion Pictures Greatest Year 
campaign and intra-industry rela- 
tionships particularly between dis- 
tributors and exhibitors. 

Although details of the sessions 
were not revealed, it is understood 
that the trade practice conferences 

(Continued on Page 4) 

SCHAEFER MAY ENTER 
RKO REFORE REORG. 



Due to the fact that RKO is still 
in receivership and no contracts can 
be entered into that would be bind- 
ing after reorganization, it is 
understood that George J. Schaefer, 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Dreifuss Quits Coronada 
To Make Musical Shorts 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Arthur Dreifuss re- 
signed Saturday as vice president 
in charge of production for Coronada 
Films, Inc., to form a new company 
which will make 19 musical shorts 
for Columbia release. Coronada, 
which is slated to produce eight 
westerns for Grand National, will 
complete the series under the super- 
vision of Don Lieberman. 



Korda's Next Four Pix 

Will Be in Technicolor 



London (By Cable) — Next four pic- 
tures to be produced by Alexander 
Korda will be in Technicolor, it was 
learned this week. Korda stated 
(Continued on Page 11) 



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NEW YORK STOCK MARKET 

Net 
High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 20y 8 19'/ 2 W/i — Vi 

Columbia Picts. vtc. 14Vi 14% 14% — Vi 

Con. Fm. Ind 1% 1% 1% — '/a 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd.. 9% 9 9i/ 8 + Vs 

East. Kodak 179% 178 % 178% — % 

do pfd 171 170 171 

Gen. Th. Eq 15% 15 15'/ 4 — Vi 

Loew's, Inc 55 Vi 54Vi 543/ 4 — Vi 

Paramount 12% lPA 11%— % 

Paramount 1st pfd.. 98 96% 973,4 + 1% 
Paramount 2nd pfd.. 12% 11% 11% — % 

Pathe Film 10 9% 93,4 — % 

RKO 23/ 4 2% 2% 

20th Century-Fox . . 27y 8 26% 26% — % 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 353/4 35 35 — Vi 

Univ. Pict. pfd 57% 54% 57% + 4% 

Warner Bros 7 63^ 6% — y 4 

NEW YORK BOND MARKET 

Keith A-0 6s46 94 94 94 + % 

Loew 6s 41-ww 102 102 102 

Para. B'way 3s55... 63 63 63 + y 4 
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Para. Picts. cv. 3%s47 83% 83% 83% — % 

RKO 6s41 76% 75 76 

Warner's 6s39 82% 81% 82% — % 

NEW YORK CURB MARKET 

Grand National 7-16 7-16 7-16 

Monogram Picts. ... 1 % 1 % 1 % + % 

Technicolor 233/ 8 22% 23 + % 

Trans-Lux 23/ 4 2% 2% -f- % 



General Foods Plugs "Rat" 

General Poods, which sponsors the 
Kate Smith Radio Program over 
which the world premiere of Warner 
Bros. "Brother Rat" will be broad- 
cast from Virginia Military Insti- 
tute, Lexington, Va. next Thursday, 
will plug the event and pix with 
ads in 421 newspapers over the 
country. 




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valuable film. 



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H The Broadway Parade U 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

Too Hot to Handle (Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer) — 3rd week Capitol 

If I Were King (Paramount Pictures)— 3rd week Paramount 

There Goes My Heart (United Artists-Roach) Music Hall 

The Sisters (Warner Bros. Pictures) Strand 

Suez (20th Century-Fox Pictrues) Roxy 

Youth Takes a Fling (Universal Pictures) .Rivoli 

Broadway Musketeers (Warner Bros. Pictures) Criterion 

Dark Rapture (Universal Pictures) — 2nd week Globe 

Three Loves Has Nancy (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) (a-b) Opens tomorrow Central 

Port of Seven Seas (Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer) (a) Opens tomorrow Central 

Dracula (Universal Pictures) (a-d) Rialto 

Frankenstein (Universal Pictures) (a-d) Rialto 

A Clown Must Laugh (Gaumont British) Little Carnegie 

Carefree (RKO Radio Pictures) (a-b) Palace 

The Affairs of Annabel (RKO Radio Pictures) (a) Palace 

♦ TWO-A-DAY RUN ♦ 

Marie Antoinette (Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer) — 9th week Astor 

♦ FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURES ♦ 

The Edge of the World (Pax Films) — 6th week 55th St. Playhouse 

Grand Illusion (World Pictures) — 5th week Filmarte 

The Story of a Cheat (Gallic Films) — 3rd week 5th Ave. Playhouse 

Men of Ireland (J. H. Hoffberg) — 3rd week Squire 

The Papanin Diary (Amkino) (a) Cameo 

Lullaby (Amkino) (a) Cameo 

Moonlight Sonata (Malmar Pictures) — 3rd week (a-b) World 

The Pearls of the Crown (Lenauer International) (a-b) World 

Flight Into Darkness (A. Litvak) — Opens tomorrow Belmont 

♦ FUTURE OPENINGS ♦ 

Stablemates (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) — Oct. 20 Capitol 

Valley of the Giants (Warner Bros. Pictures) — Oct. 20 (a-b) Palace 

Hold That Co-ed (20th Century-Fox)— Oct. 20 (a) Palace 

Rose of Tralee (Irish Picture) — Oct. 21 Irish Theater 

Men With Wings (Paramount Pictures) — Oct. 26 Paramount 

Brother Rat (Warner Bros. Pictures) — Nov. 4 Strand 

Touchdown Army (Paramount Pictures) Criterion 

That Certain Age (Universal Pictures) (c) Roxy 

Service de Luxe (Universal Pictures) (c) Rivoli 

Five of a Kind (20th Century-Fox) (c) Globe 

Rancho Grande (Atlas Film) (c) World 

Lily of Kilarney (c) Squire 

(a) Dual bill. (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. (d) Revival. 



Martin Murphy Appointed 
Universal Studio Manager 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Universal has an- 
nounced the appointment of Martin 
Murphy as studio manager, effec- 
tive Saturday. In assuming studio 
managership, Murphy does not re- 
linquish his duties as production 
manager. Dave Garber continues as 
manager of studio operations, no 
further changes are contemplated. 



Zanuck Selects Sidney Toler 
To Play Charlie Chan Role 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Darryl F. Zanuck has 
selected Sidney Toler to play the 
role of Charlie Chan, succeeding the 
late Warner Oland. His first picture 
will be "Charlie Chan in Honolulu" 
which will start Oct. 24 with John 
Stone as associate producer. Toler 
was the 35th player to be tested for 
the part. He was discovered by Sol 
Wurtzel when he looked at rushes 
of "Up the River," 20th Century- 
Fox picture in which Toler appears. 



Robinson for "Sea Wolf" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Edward G. Robinson 
will be starred in Warner Bros. "The 
Sea Wolf," based on Jack London's 
book. Michael Curtiz will direct. 
The picture will go into production 
in December. 



Walt Disney Now Has Four 
Plants in Full Operation 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Walt Disney now has 
four plants in operation. These in- 
clude the main studio on Hyperion, 
the Annex, the Seward Street plant, 
which was formerly Harman-Ising 
studio, and one building in Burbank 
which houses the construction crew, 
architects and engineers who wil) 
build the Burbank studio which will 
be two years in construction. When 
completed the Burbank plant will 
include between 20 and 27 buildings. 

"Suez" Opens Strong 

Opening at the Roxy Friday to 
capacity attendance throughout the 
day, "Suez," new 20th-Fox release, 
had passed all house marks set at 
the theater with the exception of 
"Alexander's Ragtime Band" when 
it concluded its first day's showing. 
The management predicted a hold- 
over engagement of some length on 
the basis of the film's performance 
over the week-end. 



Fleischer, Artists Sign 

One-year contract between Max 
Fleischer, Inc., and the United 
American Artists and Professional 
Workers Union was signed by a 
union committee and Fleischer rep- 
resentatives last Friday at 11 
o'clock, after a night-long session. 
Open shop, wage scales and working 
conditions are provided for in the 
pact. 



COminG MID GOIfii 



HARRY COHN, Columbia prexy, arrived fro 
the Coast Friday morning to attend tr 
MPPDA meeting on Saturday. 

HAL ROACH, United Artists produce le 
fcr the Coast Friday. 

ED KUYKENDALL, MPTOA prexy, arrived i 
town last night from Oklahoma City. 



WILLIAM F. RODGERS, M-G-M sales hea< 
returned yesterday from Minneapolis where hi - 
attended the dinner for Eddie Golden. 

AL LICHTMAN, Loew executive, returne 
to the Coast over the week-end. 

CHARLES E. WILLIAMS, president of th 
MPTO of Iowa and Nebraska, arrived her 
yesterday. 

ARMAND DENIS, producer of Universal' 
"Dark Rapture," and his wife, LEILA ROOSE 
VELT, are on their way to the Coast. 

J. W. PIPER, Paramount manager in Japan 
sails for Tokyo today. 

J. H. HOFFBERG is in Chicago on business 
leaving there shortly to continue an extendet 
tour of key cities in the Middle-west an< 
on the Coast. 

CEORGE RAFT leaves New York by t 
today for Hollywood. 

TERRY WALKER, Paramount player, flew, \ 
here from the Coast to make her singing; 
debut at Leon & Eddie's on Thursday. 

OLIN HOWLAND. actor, has arrived back 
in Hollywood after a New York trip. 

SYLVIA SANDERS of Sanders Films returns 
today on the American Farmer after two 
months spent in Europe during which time 
she closed Swedish and English deals for fea- 
tures and shorts. 

E. M. SAUNDERS, M-G-M Midwest man 
ager, is scheduled for a trip through his ter 
ritory this week. 

CHESTER B. BAHN, editor of THE FILM 
DAILY, returned from Canton last night. 

ANNE SHIRLEY reports back to RKO Radio's 
Coast studios today from her New York visit. 

BOB BURNS, accompanied by his wife, will 
leave the Coast shortly for Havana by plan-. 

HOWARD, FINE and HOWARD, the Three 
Stooges, arrive in Hollywood this week-end 
from a 15-week p.a. tour to start a new series 
of shorts. 



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The continued activity 
and increased interest 
and appreciation of 
English Production 
prompts this paper to 
incorporate in the 1939 
Film Year Book a com- 
plete English Section 
which will be of un- 
usual and vital interest 
to the industry here 
and abroad. 

THE FILM YEAR BOOK 

1501 Broadway New York City 

The 1939 edition now in preparation 



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Monday, October 17, 1938 



V\ DAILY 



SCHENCK SEES GAIN 
IN FOX'S EARNINGS 



(Continued from Page 1) 

of 20th-Fox, told The Film Daily 
that he expected the earnings of the 
*;ompqnv to exceed last year's record 
figiQof $8,617,114. 

Scnenck stated that rumors that 
;he industry would accept a consent 
decree in the Government suit, were, 
in his opinion, out of the question. 
Declaring himself as being in favor 
)f any trade talks or mediation that 
;vill help to bring a settlement of 
ndustry disputes, he stated that the 
orincipal purpose of his visit was to 
ind out what bearing the trade par- 
i eys will have on production and re- 
ease schedules. 

When asked about cancellation, 
•Schenck said: "Serious cancellation 
yill cause a lowering of production 
. mdgets as it reduces income. A 20 
)er cent cancellation which is being 
isked for by some groups would be 
extremely serious, and if we cut 
mdgets the quality of product won't 
1>e up to the exhibitors' expectations. 
Y. personally am against cancellation 
jind I don't believe that any com- 
pany can stand more than 10 per 
i:ent." 

. The Fox exec, is scheduled to talk 
1,o President Roosevelt today or to- 
morrow regarding the President's 
unnual infantile paralysis drive. 
Schenck was chairman of the com- 
nittee in Southern California last 
jjrear, and expects to serve in a sim- 
lar capacity during the next drive. 
\ When asked about the proposed 
Heal between 20th-Fox and Gaumont 
I British in England for an inter- 
change of talent and otner proper- 
ties which would assist in produc- 
tion, Schenck said that in the event 
Isidore Ostrer came over here he 
ivould undoubtedly hold further dis- 
cussions with him on this subject. 
|3e stated that there was nothing 
'urther to the deal. 



Services for Popeye Creator 

Santa Monica, Cal. — Funeral ser- 
vices will be held here today for 
3. C. Segar, creator of the comic 
;trip character, Popeye the Sailor, 
ong a favorite in screen cartoons, 
vho died here last Thursday at the 
ige of 43, following a six-months' 
llness. He is survived by his widow, 
i son and daughter. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 17 

Jean Arthur David Bennett 

Marian Marsh Casey Robinson 

Marilyn Morgan Hapsburg Liebe 




T T T 

• • • YES, SIR. there's nothing like making the customers 

feel perfectly at home in your theater but it seems to us 

that it was left to the management of Miami Beach's Lincoln The- 
ater to provide the ultimate gilding the lily of true Southern hos- 
pitality you might say as patrons of the Lincoln arrive 

they are greeted with an invitation to wet the tonsils with either 

ginger ale or iced Oolong but that isn't all no, sir, 

not at the Lincoln on exiting after seeing the show there's 

another courtesy drink on the management only this time 

it's hot coffee just another "double feature" 

T T T 

• • • FAR BE it from us to toss a brickbat at Service 

as manifested by theater managements yet somehow 

or other we can't help but wonder if the serving of 

drinks and grub doesn't tend to cheapen the theater 

in the eyes of a respectable percentage of its clientele 

If that goes for film houses it goes double for Broadway's 

St James where between the acts of Maurice Evans' uncut 

"Hamlet" hot dogs and sandwiches are now peddled in 

the lobby 

T T T 

• • • WE'RE JUST old-fashioned enough to feel that folks 

go to the movies and to the theater to satisfy a hunger and 

a thirst that are by no means physical and that free lunches 

and "one on the house" properly should continue the spe- 
cial province of the corner grog shop besides weiners give 

us indigestion and did you ever try topping off iced tea 

with hot coffee? 

T T T 

• • • WHO SAID that 13 was an unlucky number? 

Well, at any rate, it wasn't Marvin Schenck On Oct. 13 

26 or 27 years ago Marvin went to work for Loew's The- 
aters as office boy in the booking dept he noted that it 

was Friday the 13th that he had 13 letters in his name 

and that the pay was $13 so he feared that it might be 

only a temporary job But last week he celebrated his 

26th or 21th anniversary with Loew's he can't just re- 
member which and he guesses that perhaps after all 

he can figure on permanency 

T T T 

• • • PRE-RELEASE showing of Walt Disney's "Ferdinand 

the Bull" and a group of special shorts is carded for the 

Astor Theater at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning Invitation 

affair, of course 

T T ▼ 

• • • ABRAHAM LEFF theater owner and exec 

of the Five Boro Circuit was host yesterday at a recep- 
tion at the Hotel Astor it followed the confirmation 

at Temple Beth Elohim Saturday of his son, Norman 

and was widely attended by industry execs as well as the 

cream of the municipal crop 

T T T 

• • • DID YAH get a look at the current issue of Life? "A 

Loud Cheer for the Screwball Girl," says Life and she turns out to 

be none other than Carole Lombard while the "loud cheer" 

is a 7-page article in pix and 2,000 words of type 

Bet down by Noel Busch wotta girl and wotta Life! 



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DRT6 BOOK 



Today: MPTOA Executive Committee meeting, 
New York. 

Oct. 19-21: Allied Theater Owners of N. J. 
and Eastern Regional Allied convention, 
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Atlantic City. 

Oct. 24: MPTO of Western Pennsylvania an- 
nual convention, Pittsburgh. 

Oct. 30: Pittsburgh Variety Club banquet, 
William Penn Hotel. 

Oct. 30-Nov. 2: MPTOA national convention, 
Oklahoma City. 

Oct. 30-Nov. 1: MPTO of Arkansas, Missis- 
sippi and Tennessee convention, Oklahoma 
City. 

Oct. 30-Nov. 1 : Griffith Amusement Co. man- 
agers convention, Oklahoma City. 

Oct. 31 -Nov. 3: SMPE Fall convention, Statler 
Hotel, Detroit. 

Nov. 1-2: Associated Theater Owners of In- 
diana convention, Antlers Hotel, Indiana- 
polis. 

Nov. 14-16: ITO of Ohio convention and Cen- 
tral Regional Conference, Deshler-Wallick 
Hotel, Columbus. 

Nov. 26: New York Motion Picture Associates 
dinner-dance, Hotel Astor. 

Dec. 11: Philadelphia Variety Club dinner, 
Bellevue-Stratford ballroom. 



ALLIED, MPTOA CHART 
TRADE COURSE TODAY 



(Continued from Page 1) 

day on which the MPTOA and the 
distributors will negotiate the so- 
called trade reforms. Allied's con- 
ferences with the distributors will 
be determined following today's 
board confabs, if the directors agree 
to join in the general discussions. 

Although members of Allied's 
directorate have declined to com- 
ment on the organization's prob- 
able stand on the issue, indications 
were, over the week-end, that Allied 
would agree to join in the meetings. 
This belief was based on the optim- 
istic view expressed by Abram F. 
Myers, Allied's general counsel, at 
the Michigan unit's convention in 
Grand Rapids last Wednesday. 

Unaffiliated units are sending rep- 
resentatives this week for individual 
meetings with the distributors' com- 
mittee. 




NEWS 



AS SEEN BY 

THE PRESS 

ACENT 



Tom Brown, who wears the uniform 
of a West Point cadet in "The Duke 
of West Point," may soon be wearing 
the uniform and emblems of an officer 
in the U. S. Army reserve. Upon com- 
pleting his film role, he will study 
for and take the examinations neces- 
sary to obtain a commission in the re- 
serve corps. — United Artists. 



3t 



DAILY 



Monday, October 17, 19311 



SEES TRADE PARLEYS 
NETTING 5 REFORMS 



THE WEEK IN REVIEW 

Schaefer Leaves UA — Majors Eye S. A. Market 



(Continued from Page 1) 

18th convention here Oct. 30-Nov. 2. 
"I feel certain," Kuykendall told 
Film Daily, "that an understanding 
of the shorts problem is bound to 
result and that we will be able to 
secure an increased cancellation 
percentage figure. We hope that 
this figure will be a real one also 
without any strings so that the ex- 
hibitor may actually benefit in prac- 
tice as well as in theory. 

"Conciliation boards for different 
exchange centers are something else 
I feel will result from the confer- 
ence. These will be bodies with 
high moral standing among all 
branches of the industry, not equip- 
ped with any legal teeth or any- 
thing of that nature, but so rep- 
resentative of all groups that when 
a man brings his case before the 
group and is found in error, he will 
feel that the decision is right and 
proper. 

"Such a group, if truly repre- 
sentative of each phase of the in- 
dustry should leave no room for 
complaints on its decisions for a 
man could hardly go against a 'jury 
of his peers' without having to ad- 
mit in court or wherever he may go, 
that his case was wanting as judged 
in the eyes of the men of his own 
business." 

Kuykendall, here for three days 
to complete plans for the conven- 
tion with Morris Loewenstein, con- 
vention chairman, also expressed 
hope for settlement of the score 
charge problem and some adjust- 
ment thereof and the holding out of 
contracted pictures at the New York 
conference in a manner satisfactory 
to all branches of the industry. 

The MPTOA convention program, 
Kuykendall said, calls for appear- 
ances by these industry leaders: 

Leo Spitz, George J. Schaefer, 
William F. Rodgers, Herman Wob- 
ber, Eddie Golden, Charles Casa- 
nave, all of New York; Hal Roach, 
Hollywood; Frank Cassil, Kansas 
City; Fred Wehrenberg, St. Louis, 
MPTOA board chairman; Lewen 
Pizor, Philadelphia; Arthur Lock- 
wood, Middletown, Conn.; Ed Levy, 
MPTOA general counsel; M. C. 
Moore, Jacksonville; Charles E. 
Williams, Omaha; L. C. Hayman, 
Buffalo; M. A. Lightman, Memphis; 
Bob O'Donnell, Dallas; L. C. Grif- 
fith, this city; Robert Ripley, Long- 
view, Wash.; R. X. Williams, Ox- 
ford, Miss.; Mitchell Wolf son, 
Miami; R. A. Harvey, San Francisco. 
Kuykendall left Friday for St. 
Louis to confer with Wehrenberg on 
the convention plans, and was to 
leave St. Louis to arrive in New 
York early today to attend the 
MPTOA executive committee meet- 
ing. 



DOMESTIC 



(.Continued from Page 1) 

next affiliation as RKO, possibly as 
president of that organization should 
Leo Spitz, incumbent, return to his 
legal practice in Chicago. Maurice 
Silverstone, UA's general manager 
in charge of world affairs, declared 
that Schaefer's post would remain 
unfilled and that Harry Gold, East- 
ern sales manager, and Jack Schlai- 
fer, Western sales manager, would 

be in charge of domestic sales. 

* * * 

Columbus Day sent B'way grosses 
rocketing to some 25 per cent above 
normal, with the big film palaces 
of the Great White Way area re- 
porting far better "takes" than on 

the holiday a year ago. 

* * * 

Abram F. Myers, addressing clos- 
ing session of Michigan Allied's con- 
vention in Grand Rapids declared 
that William F. Rodgers, Metro 
sales chief, will represent distribs' 
committee in trade reform negotia- 
tions with a committee Allied's 
board is expected to name at a New 
York meeting today. Virtually 
coincident with Myers' statement, 
New York sources said that submis- 
sion of any proposal to the Depart- 
ment of Justice prior to the impend- 
ing fair trade practices huddles in 
the metropolis is not contemplated 

by distribs. 

* * * 

ITOA accepted trade reform par 
ley bid and pledged co-operation, as 
did Virginia and California exhib. 
units, together with Iowa, Nebraska 
and others. 

Supreme Court refused to review 
Philly duals case, indicated it would 
re-hear the Dallas trust case. . .Leo 
Spitz and William F. Rodgers were 
designated on select list of MPTOA 
convention speakers. . .and television 
interests were declared uniting on a 



three-point drive to establish sci- 
ence's popularity, with, as the 
drive's highlight, the use of 100 film 
theater screens in New York, Philly 
and Boston, for contests and promo- 
tion. 



MPPDA BOARD TALKS 
INDUSTRY PROBLEMSI 



FOREIGN 

(Continued from Page 1) 

afforded by the South American 

field. 

* * * 

London cables recounted the 20th- 
Fox annoucement there of a com- 
plete new production lineup at its 
British studios, calling for 11 pix, 
two of which are slated for Techni- 
color. Budget for estimated re- 
vamped schedule was set at some 
$4,000,000. . .British Board of Film 
Censors' banning of the March of 
Time's issue dealing with the Czech- 
oslovak situation as dangerous and 
likely to make trouble if allowed 
to be shown without major dele- 
tions. . .Announcement that when 
the new liner Mauretania makes 
its maiden voyage next Summer, it 
will have three pix theaters, — one 
for each class of passengers. . .and 
the further London dispatch dealing 
with the opening of Warners' new 
"showcase" theater, inaugural of 
which was attended by the Duke 
and Duchess of Kent. Dowager 
Queen Mary, it added, will attend 
the premiere of Herbert Wilcox;' 
"60 Glorious Years." 



U. S. interests in Italy were 
poised to present their views to the 
Italian Government for modification 
of the recent Fascist film decree, 
and from Capetown, South Africa, 
came word that following arrival 
there on Oct. 26 of Walter J. Hutch- 
inson, 20th-Fox' foreign distribution 
director, he will be asked to per- 
suade Darryl Zanuck to spend a 
vacation in South Africa during 
1939. 



Minneapolis-Northwest Allied di- 
rectors at a meeting Friday decided 



Gaumont Brit. Drops Contest; 
$200,000 for Advertisements 

(Continued from Page 1) 

execs, believed that too many dif- 
ficulties would be encountered. 

The opinion was expressed that 
an increase of $200,000 in the ad. 
and pub. budget would be more 
beneficial to the company than a 
contest could be. The same pictures 
slated for the GB contest in the 
original plans will be the ones that 
will receive the greater part of the 
allocated money for ads, with the 
remainder of the fund being spread 
over the rest of the program. 

To date no appointment has been 
made to the new post of special ex- 
ploitation contact for the art the- 
aters. 



to send two delegates to the trade 
parley. Steffes will select the dele- 
gates. 



Geo. J. Schaefer May Enter 
RKO Before Reorganization 



(Continued from Page 1) 

who has been mentioned for the 
presidency, may immediately step 
into his executive capacity, which 
would become official when receiver- 
ship ends. However, a clarification 
of the entire issue is expected to be 
made by RKO today in an official 
announcement. 

In the event that Schaefer should 
become active at once, even though 
signatures are lacking, it is believed 
that Leo Spitz, president, may as- 
sume the duties of special counsel 
for RKO, a post that he probably 
will continue to hold after reorgani- 
zation is completed and Schaefer is 
elected to succeed him. 

Judge Bondy is expected to ap- 
prove the reorganization plan as it 
now stands on Oct. 25 and will be- 
come effective in 60 to 90 days after 
approval. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

to be held this week in New Yor' 
were thoroughly discussed and pro 
posals outlined for submission to th 
various exhibitor committees.^ r "t i 
believed that the persistent revest 
for 20 P.C. cancellation was lookei 
upon as a serious problem, inasmuci 
as production budgets probabl; 
would be affected if this concessioi 
were granted. 

Plans for a World's Fair pictur 
were completed. It was said that th 
film would be a panorama of Ameri 
can history highlights and would b 
shown in the U. S. Government Build 
ing. Tentative title is "Cavalcad 
of America." A similar picture 
showing the development of th 
West, is planned for the San Fran 
cisco World's Fair. 

Industry representatives from th 
West Coast informed the others o: 
developments in connection with th 
Guilds embodying actors, director; 
and writers. There also was a re 
port on the industry's ad drive. 

Board members declined to com 
ment on any decisions made at th< 
meeting, which started at 10 A.M 
and ended after 5 P.M. 

Attending the session were Nati 
Blumberg, president of Universal 
Barney Balaban, president of Para 
mount; Harry and Jack Cohn, presi 
dent and vice president, respectively 
of Columbia; Sidney R. Kent, 201 
Century-Fox president; Joseph M 
Schenck, chairman of 20th-Fox' 
board; Nicholas M. Schenck, presi 
dent of Loew's, Inc.; Leo Spitz, RKC 
president; Harry and Albert War 
ner, president and vice president, re 
spectively, of Warner Bros.; Murraj 
Silverstone, general manager o 
United Artists, and Will H. Hays 
president of MPPDA. 



"The Sisters" and Heidt 

Ork Start Big at Strand 

Warners' home office reported oi 
the week-end that "The Sisters,' 
gave the Strand on Friday, last, th( 
best opening day's business sine* 
the ork-pix combination policy was 
inaugurated at that house. Initia 
day's attendance was some 15,000 
Saturday and Sunday box-office re 
turns were described as exception- 
ally strong. 

Stage show is headed by Horac* 
Heidt and His Orchestra. 



Marital Ballyhoo 

Fairbury, Neb. — When Ray Holtz, ex- 
ploiteer for the Bonham, married Helen 
Lien, this town's business men waited 
until he got back from his honeymoon, 
and then handed him a ballyhoo chari- 
vari. Taken to the theater's lobby, he 
and his bride were handcuffed to a 
davenport in the lobby, over which was 
hung an old "Love Finds Andy Hardy" 
sign with Ray Holtz subbing for Andy 
Hardy. A three-piece German band was 
hired to serenade the couple, and all 
the townspeople, show bent, came to 
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"Suez" 

with Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Anna- 
Delia, J. Edward Bromberg, Joseph 
Schildkraut 
Z0fi=Sox 104 Mins. 

OULIANT DRAMATIC STORY WILL 
DEFINITELY BE HEAVY WORLDWIDE 
BOX OFFICE. 

Pageantry, romance and drama, as well 
as the path of history, have been skillfully 
projected to the screen in Darryl Zanuck's 
production of "Suez," which takes rank 
with the finest productions to come from 
Hollywood. No stint was made on pro- 
duction costs and the result is a lavishly 
decorated film that holds tremendous en- 
tertainment value for any type of audience, 
inside or outside the American market. 
Possibly there is a slight overflow of senti- 
ment for the benefit of the audiences, but 
all in all the picture is a fairly true por- 
trayal of the story of Ferdinand de Lesseps 
and his inspiration which resulted in the 
Suez Canal. The pomp of the Victorian era 
and the part it played in this work is 
neatly worked into the film, and the pic- 
ture of Louis Napoleon is also faithfully 
depicted. Overshadowing the rest of the 
picture as a highlight is the sequence show- 
ing the devastating simoon, which wrecks 
de Lesseps' work and seems to be the end 
of the Canal. There are several dramatic 
scenes that are excellent, with the climax 
a standout. The direction of Allan Dwan 
is deft, welding a lengthy vehicle into a 
cohesive story. The acting is all that could 
be asked for, with the supporting players 
equally as good in their roles as the prin- 
cipals. Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, An- 
nabella, Henry J. Stephenson, J. Edward 
Bromberg, Joseph Schildkraut, and Leon 
Ames are all excellent. Bromberg is par- 
ticularly good as the Egyptian prince, and 
Annabella is fine as the French girl. Philip 
Dunne and Julien Josephson have done a 
fine script job and the rest of the film's 
technicians also deserve praise. The story: 

Power, as de Lesseps, is sent to Egypt 
when Ames, Napoleon, takes a fancy to 
Miss Young, Power's sweetheart. Power 
dreams of the Canal and his subsequent 
fight to build it, bringing dishonor, death 
for his father, and the loss of both the 
women in his life, leaving him alone at the 
conclusion of the film, completes the tale. 

CAST: Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, 
Annabella, Henry J. Stephenson, Maurice 
Moscovich, Joseph Schildkraut, Sidney 
Blackmer, Sig Rumann, Nigel Bruce, 
George Zucco, Leon Ames, Victor Varconi, 
Rafaela Ottiano. 

CREDITS: Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck; 
Director, Allan Dwan; Screenplay, Philip 
Dunne and Julien Josephson; Cameraman, 
Peverell Marley; Editor, Barbara McLean. 

DIRECTION, Fine. PHOTOGRAPHY, Ex- 
cellent. 



Extra Prints Required 

Philadelphia — Harry E. Weiner, 
branch manager for Columbia Pic- 
tures, had to make a special trip to 
the home office for six extra prints 
of "You Can't Take It With You" 
to supply the demand of exhibitors 
in the Pennsylvania zone. 

The Capra pix has broken the 
"Lost Horizon'' records in Scranton 
and Wilkes-Barre. 



"Brother Rat" 

with Prise ilia Lane, Wayne Morris and 
Johnnie Davis 
Warners 90 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 
BOX-OFFICE HONEY IN ANY TYPE 
THEATER LENDS ITSELF TO EXPLOITA- 
TION. 

This picture, which lends itself to ex- 
ploitation, should prove a box-office honey 
in any type theater. It deals with the 
trials and tribulations of cadets at the Vir- 
ginia Military Institute, which has been 
called "the West Point of the South." 
William Keighley has given the comedy 
warm, sympathetic direction and has in- 
jected many human touches. Robert Lord 
rates praise as associate producer. Eddie 
Albert, who plays the role of "Bing" Ed- 
wards, which he created on the stage, is 
a definite screen "find." He has whimsical 
appeal as the cadet secretly married to 
Jane Bryan, who becomes a mother on 
the eve of "Bing's" graduation. Jane Wy- 
man does outstanding work as the daughter 
of Henry O'Neill, the commandant. Wayne 
Morris is effective as a glib cadet, whose 
well-meant plans are always getting his 
"brother rats" (fellow classmen) into 
trouble. Priscilla Lane does good work as 
Wayne's love interest, while Ronald Reagan 
is convincing as Wayne's roommate. John- 
nie "Scat" Davis and William Tracey, as a 
first year cadet, are important factors in 
winning laughs, Olin Howland, Jessie Bus- 
ley, Louise Beavers, Larry Williams and 
Gordon Oliver are among the capable prin- 
cipals. Richard Macaulay and Jerry Wald 
furnished an amusing screenplay, based on 
the play by John Monks, Jr., and Fred F. 
Finklehoffe. Ernest Haller did excellent 
camerawork. Eddie Albert, in addition to 
worrying over the fact that his secret 
bride, Jane Bryan, is going to have a baby, 
is afraid he will flunk in his chemistry 
examination. Without Eddie's knowledge, 
Wayne has wagered $50 of Eddie's money 
on the big game that the worried Eddie is 
to pitch for V. M. I. Eddie is literally 
knocked out of the box when a batted ball 
hits him on the head. Jane, a "whiz" 
in chemistry, tutors Eddie, and although 
she and Priscilla are discovered by Larry 
Williams, officer of the day, in the room 
occupied by Wayne, Eddie and Ronald, 
Jane warns Williams that "papa won't like 
it," and the cadets are saved. Eddie passes 
his exam, and all ends well. 

CAST: Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris, 
Johnnie Davis, Jane Bryan, Eddie Albert, 
Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, Henry 
O'Neill, Gordon Oliver, Larry Williams, 
William Tracey, Jessie Busley, Olin How- 
land, Louise Beavers, Isabel Withers. 

CREDITS: Executive Producer, Hal B. 
Wallis; Associate Producer, Robert Lord; 
Director, William Keighley; From the play 
by John Monks, Jr., and Fred F. Finkle- 
hoffe; Screenplay, Richard Macaulay and 
Jerry Wald; Cameraman, Ernie Haller; Art 
Director, Max Parker; Editor, William 
Holmes; Musical Director, Leo F. Forb- 
stein. 

DIRECTION, Sympathetic. PHOTOGRA- 
PHY, Very good. 



"A Clown Must 
Laugh" 

with Richard Tauber, Steffi Duna 
GB 78 Mins. 

HEAVY AND UNINSPIRED SCREEN 
VERSION OF FAMOUS OPERA "PAGLIAC- 
Cl" FALLS FLAT. 

A very creaky and laborious screen ver- 
sion of the famous "Pagliacci," with Rich- 
ard Tauber playing the role of Canio, the 
jealous husband. This production is done 
without inspiration and moves with labori- 
ous and mechanical effort. The brightest 
part of it all is Steffi Duna as the flirta- 
tious wife, Nedda. She plays with spirit 
and verve, and flits around like an elfin, 
a very charming and attractive personality. 
She makes the mechanical piece seem half- 
way alive when she is before the camera. 
Richard Tauber's splendid voice is of 
course the excuse for the production, but 
the mere fact that he sings gloriously 
cannot cover the shortcomings of the film 
which is as stodgy as the original operatic 
script. The story is too well known to 
detail at length, being the sad account of 
the clown who sees in his own married 
life the situation of their stage acting du- 
plicated as the faithless Nedda becomes 
enamored of the stranger, Silvio, the dash- 
ing young officer. Tauber is the actor-owner 
of the little traveling show that goes among 
the villages of the Italian Alps, and the 
tragedy reaches its climax in the little town 
of Cremona, as the traveling players give 
their famous comedy, "Columbine and Her 
Lover." At the climax of the performance 
he stabs his wife fatally as they act out 
the scene that parallels his own experience. 
The sequence of this climactic scene is 
filmed in British Chemicolor, and the color 
process is very effective, done in soft 
sepia effect and the colors very true and 
pleasing to the eye. 

CAST: Richard Tauber, Steffi Duna, 
Diana Napier, Arthur Margetson, Esmond 
Knight, Jerry Verno, Gordon James, Ivan 
Wilmot. 

CREDITS: Director, Earl Grune; Screen- 
play, Monckton Hoffe, Roger Burford; Cam- 
eramen, Alfred Black, Otto Kanturek. 

DIRECTION, Weak. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Bob Moriarty on Coast 

Bob Moriarty, Paramount's press 
book editor, who went to the Coast 
three weeks ago, will remain per- 
manently as assistant to Cliff Lewis 
in the studio publicity department. 
Gil Evans replaces Moriarty here. 
Moriarty returns in about three 
weeks to take his family to Holly- 
wood. 



Cleveland V. C. to Start 

Cleveland — Nat Wolf, Variety 
Club's chief barker, has named 
Harry H. Goldstein, Paramount dis- 
trict manager, and Frank Drew, 
M-G-M branch manager as kings 
for the opening luncheon session of 
the season to be held at the Aller- 
ton Hotel today. 



"Meet the Mayor" 

with Frank Fay, Ruth Hall, Hale Hamilton, 
Nat Pendleton 

Times Exchange 62 Mins. 

PROGRAMMER WITH SMALL TOWN 
BACKGROUND SHOULD GET FAIR RE- 
CEPTION IN NABES. 

Frank Fay departs from his usual Broad- 
way roles to become a small town handy 
man and good fellow, with fairly convinc- 
ing results in this new indie release. Fay 
also wrote the story and produced the pic- 
ture. It is definitely in the program class, 
but it should meet with a fair reception 
in nabe houses and out of town theaters. 
Ralph Ceder gets credit for the direction. 
Fay is supported by a number of able play- 
ers including Hale Hamilton, Ruth Hall, 
Nat Pendleton, George Meeker and Berton 
Churchill. Fay, elevator operator in a 
hotel, is the town's general handy man. 
He is in love with Ruth, who runs the 
cigar counter in the hotel. Churchill, her 
uncle, is mayor, but for the first time in 
20 years he is opposed, by Hale Hamilton. 
An invention that Fay and Meeker are 
working on turns out successfully, and 
Hamilton is accidentally caught in an un- 
derhanded deal, giving Fay the opportunity 
to force his withdrawal from the mayoralty 
campaign. However, Meeker gets the girl 
and Fay gets the air, but he accepts it 
philosophically, with everybody happy as 
his love for Ruth is never discovered. 

CAST: Frank Fay, Ruth Hall, Nat Pendle- 
ton, Berton Churchill, Hale Hamilton, 
George Meeker, Eddie Nugent, Franklin 
Pangborn, Esther Howard, Nick Copeland. 

CREDITS: Producer, Frank Fay; Direc- 
tor, Ralph Ceder; Original Story, Frank 
Fay; Editor, Don Hayes; Cameraman, Wil- 
liam Rees. 



DIRECTION, 0. K. 

Fair. 



PHOTOGRAPHY, 



Cleveland Embassy Opens 

Cleveland — The new Embassy, 
built on the site of the old Cameo, 
downtown on Euclid Ave., opened 
yesterday. Operating are Max and 
Morris Lefkowich and Leo and Har- 
ry Greenberger. New house (except 
for the east and west walls) elim- 
inates the old balcony, has a larger 
lobby, an inner rotunda, modern- 
type auditorium streamlined with 
curves running toward the screen, 
latest air-conditioning, projection, 
and sound equipment, and new 
chairs. It seats 1,200 persons. 



Kessler Pix for Belmont 

"Flight Into Darkness," starring 
Annabella and being distributed by 
Frank Kessler, is slated to open at 
the Belmont Theater tomorrow. 
Kessler has also bought the Ameri- 
can rights to "Concert in Tyrol," 
the last picture made by the Vien- 
nese Choir Boys in independent 
Austria. The Choir has made ar- 
rangements for personal 'appear- 
ances in this country along with 
the picture. 



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:< :< REVIEWS Of THE REUJ flLRIS -V .V 



"Torchy Gets Her 
Man" 

with Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane 

Warners 62 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

COUNTERFEITING STORY PACKS 
PLENTY OF LAUGHS AND SUSPENSE. 

This time Glenda Farrell and Barton 
MacLane are on the trail of an ace coun- 
terfeiter, who specializes in passing $100 
bills. William Beaudine has done a high 
class job of directing, winning laughs from 
the start and also holding the suspense 
to the end. Bryan Foy rates credit as the 
producer. Glenda and Barton do splendid 
work, while Tom Kennedy, a police chauf- 
feur, is good for numerous laughs with his 
poetry and horse-racing system. Willard 
Robertson is convincing as the counter- 
feiter, who poses as a federal agent. Rob- 
ertson wins the confidence of the police, 
convincing the authorities that he is a 
government agent looking for men passing 
bogus bills. Declaring that the men he 
suspects will pass the money at the race- 
track, he persuades Barton to get him in- 
stalled at the $100 window. Glenda sus- 
pects Robertson, but it is not until near 
the end of the picture that Barton is con- 
vinced that Robertson is the counterfeiter. 
Albert DeMond contributed an interesting 
screenplay. 

CAST: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, 
Tom Kennedy, Willard Robertson, George 
Guhl, John Ridgely, Tommy Jackson, Frank 
Reicher, Edward Raquello, Ed Keane, Nat 
Carr, Frank Shannon, Joe Cunningham, 
Herbert Rawlinson, John Harron, Loia 
Cheaney, Greta Meyer, Cliff Saum. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Byran 
Foy; Director, William Beaudine; Author, 
Albert DeMond; Screenplay, Same; Based 
on characters created by Frederick Nebel; 
Cameramen, Arthur L. Todd and Warren 
Lynch; Editor, Harold McLernon. 

DIRECTION, High Class. PHOTOGRA- 
PHY, Good. 

E. E. Smith Promoted 

Screen Broadcasts, New Orleans, 
has promoted E. E. Smith to Divi- 
sional Sales Manager for the East- 
ern and New England territories. 
Smith was formerly division man- 
ager of the Motion Picture Adver- 
tising Service Co. of New Orleans, 
and more recently sales manager of 
the Cleveland branch of that or- 
ganization. 

Will Honor DeLodder 

Detroit— Variety Club will pay 
tribute to Fred DeLodder, circuit 
operator, as guest of honor today at 
the third luncheon of the season. 
Speaker of the day will be Rev. 
Father Frederick Siedenburg, Dean 
of the University of Detroit. 

Sam Engel Joins Paramount 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Sam Engel joins 
Paramount today as associate pro- 
ducer in the Harold Hurley unit. 
His first picture will be a starring 
vehicle for Anna May Wong. 



"Lightning Carson 
Rides Again" 

with Tim McCoy, Joan Barclay, Bob Terry 
Principal Pictures 59 Mins. 

PLENTY OF ACTION AND GUN PLAY 
PROVIDES GOOD FARE FOR THE SIX- 
GUN ADDICTS. 

The redoubtable Colonel Tim McCoy, fast- 
est man with a six-gun in all of Texas, 
rides again, with an accompaniment of 
bullets and villains to make excitement for 
the cowboy fans. They will get a full 
measure of action in this new release. Joan 
Barclay provides the feminine interest op- 
posite Bob Terry, nephew of McCoy. The 
villains, led by Frank Wayne, are a scurri- 
lous lot worthy of plenty of hisses. Sam 
Newfield directed and Sam Katzman pro- 
duced. Terry and another man are held 
up while delivering a large sum of the 
bank's money. Terry escapes the bandits' 
fire, but gets blamed for the crime by the 
crooks, who plant false evidence with the 
sheriff. McCoy, Terry's uncle, is called 
into the case. He masquerades as a Mexi- 
can to get into the gang. Finally, he is 
discovered, but you can rest assured that 
Col. McCoy had the situation well in hand 
when the sheriff lead the remnants of the 
criminal gang to the local calaboose. 

CAST: Tim McCoy, Joan Barclay, Frank 
Wayne, Ted Adams, Bob Terry, Forrest 
Taylor, Ben Corbett, Karl Hackett, Frank 
La Rue, James Flaven. 

CREDITS: Producer, Sam Katzman; Di- 
rector, Sam Newfield; Original Story and 
Screenplay, E. R. O'Dasi; Cameraman, Mar- 
cel Picard; Editor, Holbrook Todd. 

DIRECTION, Fast. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Standard Pictures Execs. 
Coming East for Confabs 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — With the company's 
first picture, "The Headleys at 
Home" completed and now in the 
cutting room, B. W. Richards, presi- 
dent of Standard Pictures, arrives in 
New York this week, accompanied 
by George Laganas and George E. 
Trainer, of Boston, members of the 
Board of Directors. The latter two 
have been in Hollywood for two 
weeks. The trio will go to New York 
for conferences with other officials. 
On their way East they will stop at 
Denver, Kansas City, Chicago De- 
roit and Cleveland for business meet- 
ings with persons interested in the 
new company. 



Cohn Heads Variety Club 

Pittsburgh — The local Variety 
Club has unanimously elected: Chief 
Barker, Ira H. Cohn; 1st Asst. Chief 
Barker, Harry Seed; 2nd Asst. Chief 
Barker, Jules Lapidus; Treasurer, 
M. Shapiro; Secretary, Al Weib- 
linger; Directors, Al Weiss, C. J. 
Latta, Jake Soltz, Joseph Misrache, 
C. C. Kellenberg, Harry Feinstein; 
delegates to the national convention, 
Harry Kalmine, Harold Lund; Alter- 
nates, Dr. I. Wise, Mark Goldman. 



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"The Immortal Brush" 

(Technicolor Special) 

Vitaphone 9 mins. 

Pop Classic 

New and novel treatment of the 
world of painting. Several of the 
famous paintings of all time are 
presented, such as Joshua Reynold's 
"Red Boy" and "Blue Boy," Gains- 
borough's "Mrs. Siddons," Mois- 
sonier's "Retreat From Moscow/' 
Orchidson's "Napoleon On the Bel- 
lerophon," and Frans Hals' "The 
Laughing Cavalier." It is in the 
manner of presentation that this 
subject is lifted out of the ordin- 
ary, to become a high spot in the 
parade of short subjects. The nar- 
ration is by Dwight Weist, and the 
talks on each painting are done with 
a human touch and stay far away 
from any learned technical discus- 
sion over the heads of the average 
person. The method of presenting 
the paintings becomes a sort of 
humanizing process whereby these 
great works of art are brought close 
to the average citizen and this treat- 
ment is very effective in making you 
appreciate what the artist was try- 
ing to convey in his work. The 
camera treatment also is skillful 
and original, in shooting at the 
painting from different angles and 
perspectives, or else showing just a 
portion of the canvas, such as the 
eyes, as in the case of "The Laugh- 
ing Cavalier." Here is a subject 
that should be expanded into a ser- 
ies, for with this popular treatment 
it is hard to see how it can miss. 



"Toyland Casino" 

(Broadway Brevity) 

Vitaphone 22 mins. 

Grand Kiddie Show 

One of the finest kiddie shows 
ever flashed on the screen. These 
youngsters have been gathered to- 
gether from all quarters of the 
country, and are immense. The 
setting is a lobby of a hotel, which 
becomes the stage for the young- 
sters as they put on their show. It 
takes the form of a musical revue. 
The various acts and specialties run 
the range of adult entertainment in 
the musical comedy field. Amazing 
little dancers, acrobats, singers, 
character acts, comedy skits, and 
every one of them more than good. 
It is hard to see how this aggrega- 
tion could possibly be topped. Di- 
rected with class by Joseph Hena- 
bery. 

"The Newcomer" 

(Terry-Toon) 

20th-Fox 7 mins. 

Amusing Cartoon 

This one will be right down the 
children's alley. Introducing a baby 
panda, the current zoological stellar 
attraction, Paul Terry has worked 
up an amusing and pleasing char- 



acter. The baby panda is seen in 
the zoo where it is getting all the 
attention. This rouses the jelaousy 
of the other animals, particularly 
the lion. The lion breaks out of his 
cage and chases the panda a/^nd 
the zoo until it is rescued by s.An- 
garoo. Produced by Paul Terry. 



"What Every Girl Should Know" 

(Lew Lehr and His Kindergarten) 

20th-Fox 10 mins. 

Just Fair 

Lack of a director and a smoothly 
prepared script seem to be the prin- 
cipal faults with this one. Lew Lehr 
will undoubtedly amuse his own 
fans to a great extent, but unless 
better scripts are provided and there 
is direction to go with them the 
Lehr fans are likely to complain. 
We see Lew with a kindergarten 
of grown girls. Numerous gags are 
used and he keeps up a running 
monologue which should have been 
broken up. Lehr has possibilities as 
a good comedy bet if properly han- 
dled. 

"The Glass Slipper" 

(Tery Toon) 

20th-Fox 7 mins. 

Good Number 

Cinderella goes streamline in this 
new Technicolor version of the well 
known fairy story. Characteriza- 
tions of Mae West and Harpo Marx 
help to liven up the proceedings for 
the little waif. The picture is amus- 
ing and the color is good, making it 
good entertainment for grownups 
as well as children. Produced by 
Paul Terry. 



"Isle of Pleasure" 

(Magic Carpet) 

20th-Fox 11 mins. 

Fine Travelogue 

Printed in sepia tones, this trav- 
elogue about Cuba is an excellent 
short subject. Lowell Thomas gives 
a fine narration and film covers all 
the real points of interest to be seen 
on the island. Havana is shown from 
the air and the streets to advantage. 
Morro Castle, ships coming and go- 
ing in the harbor, and the surround- 
ing country with sugar plantations 
and other native industries are well 
covered. There is also an intimate 
glimpse of the gay night life of the 
Cuban capital. 



"Little Pancho Villa" 

Vitaphone 7 mins. 

Lively Cartoon 

Sprightly adventures of Little 
Pancho, who has a great desire to 
be a bull fighter. He sneaks away 
from his mother, and enters an 
amateur contest. Here in an en- 
counter with a ferocious bull he 
learns that it is not all glory in the 
ring. He finally succeeds in van- 
quishing the bull, and returns home 
a wiser little man. Produced by 
Leon Schlesinger. 



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HOLLYWOOD 
Nelson Eddy As Solo Star 
XJELSON EDDY'S next starring 
^L icture for Metro will be "Let 
Freedom Ring," original story for 
the screen by Ben Hecht. Jack Con- 
way, will direct, under supervision 
of Harry Rapf. Eddy is now ap- 
pearing in "Sweethearts," opposite 
Jeanette MacDonald, at the Culver 
City. George Barbier has been 
added to the cast of the latter. 



Scrambled Cuts 

If Jack Otterson and S. Sylvan 
j Simon took hasty looks into their 

respective mirrors upon receipt of 
! Friday's paper, it was all because 

of scrambled cuts. Likeness of 

Simon appeared with Otterson's 
; sketch. Accordingly, today, the real 
[Otterson; Simon's sketch and photo 

will follow. Apologies, gentlemen. 

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Frank Dolan Assigned 

Frank Dolan has been assigned 
i by Republic to write the screen play 
on "Street of Missing Men." Arm- 
and Schaefer, associate producer on 
[ the picture. 

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Republic has purchased an origin- 



WHO'S WHO IN HOLLYWOOD 

• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 199 • • • 

JACK OTTERSON. Supervising art director for Universal. Born in Pittsburgh, 
Pa., in 1908. Educated Hotchkiss Preparatory School, Art Students League, 
New York; Yale School of Fine Arts, B.F.A. ; Paris Beaux Arts School. Awarded 
the John Weir scholarship at Yale for 1927-28; won honorable mention in award 
of Alvord Scholarship for 1928-29. Special honorable mention in the Prix de 
Rome. National scholarship in 1928-29, and honorable mention in award of 
William Winchester Fellowship, 1929-30. As- 
sisted on decorative designs on the Empire State 
Building, New York City; decorative designs in 
New York Architectural League Catalogue in 
1929. In 1932 started as sketch artist with Fox 
studios, then became assistant art director and 
then supervising art director. Moved to Universal 
in 1936. Some outstanding pictures for which he 
did the art are "Carolina," "One More Spring," 
"Orchids to You," "Curly Top," "Thanks a Mil- 
lion," "Bad Boy," "Magnificent Brute," "Three 
Smart Girls," "You're a Sweetheart," "Mad 
About Music," "The Rage of Paris," "Letter of 
Introduction," "Road to Reno," "That Certain 
Age" and "Youth Takes a Fling." 




al story from Robert Andrews titled, 
"Women Make News." Andrews 
has been signed to do the screen 
play. Sol Siegel will act as asso- 
ciate producer on the picture. 

T T r 

Finish Chore at Rep. 

Aben Kandel and Thomas E. Mc- 
Laughlin have finished their assign- 



ment on the screenplay of "Doctors 
Don't Tell" and have left the Re- 
public lot. 

T T T 

Again Writing Crosby Numbers 

Songwriters Johnny Burke and 
Jimmy Monaco have been signed by 
Universal to work on the next Bing 
Crosby picture, "Three's Company." 



Burke and Monaco wrote the music 
and lyrics for the last four Bing 
Crosby pictures. 

T T T 

Berle As Song Lyricist 

Comedian Milton Berle, whose 
contract with RKO terminates this 
month, has turned song lyricist. He 
has written an even dozen songs in 
the last two months, five of which 
have been purchased by the Jack 
Robbins Music Publishing Company. 
His latest is "You Took Me Out of 
This World." 

T T T 

Fine Arts Prepares Seven 

Fine Arts Pictures is now pre- 
paring seven yarns for the screen. 
Heading the list is "Wonder World," 
film dealing with prehistoric mon- 
sters, which Edward Halperin is 
producing under the supervision of 
Franklyn Warner, president of Fine 
Arts. 

T T T 

Webb Finishes Steele Pix 

Harry Webb has completed "Feud 
of the Range" a Bob Steele Western. 
In the cast were Gertrude Mes- 
singer, Charles King, Bud Buster 
and Richard Cramer. This is the 
first of a series of eight Bob Steele 
Westerns, which Webb is making for 
the 1938-39 season. 



[I Reports of Settlement 

of ABP-Ostrer Suit Persist 

(Continued from Page 1) 

■ was scheduled to come up in court 
< here tomorrow. 

Terms of the reported settlement 
|| were not obtainable, nor was any 
| confirmation from the interested 

I parties. 

John Maxwell's ABP sued for $3,- 

II 000,000, alleging misrepresentation 
|| in connection with the ABP-GB stock 
I deal. The charge was vigorously 
| denied by the Ostrers. 



Cleve'd Subsequent Runs 
Oppose "Quiz" Extension 

Cleveland — Independent exhibitors 
operating subsequent runs here have 
gone on record with M. B. Horwitz, 
chairman of Motion Pictures' Great- 
est Year drive here, opposing any 
extension of Movie Quiz contest be- 
yond the original date. Horwitz 
has agreed with exhibs., stating that 
pledges have been given that the 
contest would end on Dec. 31. Hor- 
witz has communicated attitude of 
exhibs. to George J. Schaefer, cam- 
paign manager. 



WEDDING BELLS 



Fitchburg, Mass. — Miss Rachel R. 
Fasono, cashier at Cumings Thea- 
ter, is the bride of Toivo Anderson. 



Industry Leaders to Attend 
Harris Party at Music Hall 

(Continued from Page 1) 

representatives, and civic leaders 
will attend the reception given by 
Motion Pictures Greatest Year in 
honor of John H. Harris, prominent 
Pittsburgh showman, at the studio 
of the Radio City Music Hall, this 
afternoon. 

The occasion will also mark the 
tribute of the world's largest the- 
ater to the late John Harris, father 
of the guest of honor, and founder 
of the first continuous show nickel- 
odeon in Pittsburgh in June, 1905. 
W. G. Van Schmus will be on the 
receiving line with George J. 
Schaefer, Howard Dietz, Harold B. 
Franklin and Paul Gulick, execu- 
tives of the industry drive. 

John H. Harris is regional chair- 
man of the drive in the Pittsburgh 
territory. 



Korda's Next Four Pix 

Will Be in Technicolor 



(Continued from Page 1) 

that the business which took him 
to America had not been completed 
due to the unsettled European situa- 
tion, but he hoped to complete his 
business by correspondence. He pre- 
dicted bigger revenues for his pic- 
tures in America in the future, and 
stated that he expected "Drums" to 
gross upward of $1,000,000. 



Myers States Allied Stand 
On Proposed Reform Program 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tion picture entertainment be made 
responsible to community standards, 
preferences and requirements." 

And if there's to be a settlement, 
presumably by consent decree, of 
the Government's pending New York 
equity suit, "the exhibitors, in co- 
operation with the consumer groups, 
must find a way to intervene and 
insist that their respective interests 
be adequately protected." 

This Allied policy is enunciated 
by Abram F. Myers, board chairman 
and general counsel, in a significant 
article, "Ten Years of Allied," ap- 
pearing in the program for the an- 
nual convention of Allied of New 
Jersey and Allied's Eastern Region- 
al Conference which open in Atlantic 
City Wednesday. 

"The program," the article con- 
tinues, "is further complicated by 
pendency of the Government's _ suit. 
Nevertheless, if there is a will, a 
way can be found. If the Big Eight 
is sufficiently impressed by the grav- 
ity of the situation they can still 
seek, in co-operation with the bona 
fide representatives of independent 
exhibitors, a solution of industry 
problems for submission to the De- 
partment of Justice as a compliance 
with the demands of the Govern- 
ment." 

The article stresses the point that 
negotiations must have the sanction 
of the Department of Justice, to be 



Ed Peskay Is General Mgr. 
For Kute Kris Kringle Co. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

gle, a novelty attraction for theater 
lobbies. Through a patented device, 
a live Santa Claus appears to be 
reduced to three inches in height 
and carries on a conversation with 
observers. 

The novelty is to be leased to 
theaters for a six-week period from 
Thanksgiving Day to New Year's. 
A number of circuits, including But- 
terfield, Wilmer & Vincent, Fox 
Midwest and others, have contracted 
for the deal. 



Wilcox Pix Sets New Mark 

For the first time in the history 
of Leo Brecher's Plaza Theater an 
attraction will be held over for a 
second week, it was announced on 
Saturday by the management. At- 
traction is Herbert Wilcox' "Peg of 
Old Drury," which opened at the 
house on Oct. 11. It is now slated 
to plan through Oct. 24. 



enduring, must grant full security 
to independent exhibitors to work 
out their future according to their 
ability, place distributor - exhibitor 
relations on a basis of mutual con- 
fidence and understanding, provide 
for the adjustment of future dis- 
putes and bring every branch of 
the industry into conformity with 
the law. 



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TEN CENTS 



MPTOA to Finish Draft of Distributor Demands Today 

ALLIED NAMES TRADE REFORM NEGOTIATING GROUP 

Ontario ITA Wants Action on Trade Practice Changes 



U. S. Reform Parleys Stir Can- 
adian Exhib. Unit Into 
Fresh Action 

Toronto — Authority was given 
at general meeting here of Inde- 
pendent Theaters' Ass'n of Ontario 
to N. A. Taylor, its vice-president, 
to urge the conciliation committee 
of the Toronto Board of Trade's 
film section to call an early meeting 
for the express purpose of dealing 
with the questions of contract, 
clearance and score charge. 

Conciliation Committee was estab- 
lished two years ago, but has made 
scant progress. 

Decision to renew pressure at this 
time is attributed in some quarters 
to trade reform activities current in 
the U. S. 



Quiz Appeal Survey Shows 22.1 % in Contest 

Phone-call test of public response to the "Movie Quiz," made by Nat Wolf, War- 
ners' Ohio zone manager, in Mansfield, 0., established that 22.1 per cent of those 
contacted were definitely in the contest, 30.8 per cent had the booklets and might 
enter and 47.1 per cent were not interested. 



15 More Technicolor Features Set 
for 1938-39 Season, Checkup Shows 



DEUTSGH IN TOP SPOT 
IF ODEON-GB MERGE? 



Fifteen more Technicolor features 
are definitely set for 1938-39, a 
checkup established yesterday. 

With 10 already released during 
the calendar year, Technicolor, on 
the basis of 1938 commitments, has 
a total of 25, said to be a new joint 
U. S.-British high. 

Technicolor productions to come 
include: 

"Kentucky," "Jesse James" and 



"Little Princess," 20th Century-Fox; 
"Sweethearts," "Northwest Passage" 
and "Wizard of Oz," Metro; "Heart 
of the North" and "Dodge City," 
Warners; "Four Fathers" and "Over 
the Moon," "Thief of Bagdad," Kor- 
da-U. A.; "Men With Wings," Para- 
mount; "Gone with the Wind," Selz- 
nick-Metro; "Sixty Glorious Years"; 
Wilcox-RKO, and "Mikado," Schert- 
zinger-GFD. 



U. S. Supreme Court Refuses to Review Hart Case 



London (By Cable) — In the event 
that the long-discussed Gaumont 
British and Odeon merger is ef- 
fectuated, it is reported here that 
Oscar Deutsch, Odeon chieftain, will 
be managing director. Consolidation 
would thus give Deutsch the say-so 
for approximately 600 theaters. 
United Artists is financially inter- 
ested in Odeon with Deutsch. 



"Suez" Plays to 87,000 

in Four Days at the Roxy 

Four-day biz of "Suez" at the 
Roxy was expected to reach 87,000 
admissions, theater officials said last 

(Continued on Page 12) 



39 Pix Shooting 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Thirty-nine pictures are 
in production, with 20th Century-Fox 
leading with eight. M-C-M is making 
seven and Warner Bros. five. RKO is 
making four, while Paramount, Universal 
and Republic are shooting three each. 
Selznick, Small, Sherman, Darmour, Sen- 
nett and Crescent are making one each. 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY ! 

Washington — Petition for a writ 
of certiorari filed by William S. 
Hart and Mary Hart, co-partners, 
doing business as The William Hart 
Co. to review their case against 
United Artists Corp. was denied 
yesterday by U. S. Supreme Court. 



The petitioners and UA entered 
into a contract under which UA 
was given the exclusive right for a 
period of six years to distribute for 
exhibition two motion pictures which 
were to be produced by UA with 
the agreement that they were to 

(Continued on Page 12) 



MPTOA Exec. Committee Huddling 
Again Today on Distrib. Demands 



B. F. 



Keith Corp. Retires 
5% Gold Bond Issue 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — In a special report 
to the SEC, B. F. Keith Corp. re- 
veals that on Sept. 1, it executed to 
Bankers' Trust Co. and R. Gregory 
Page as trustees, its second supple- 
mental indenture (supplemental to 
the first and general refunding mort- 
gage of B. F. Keith Corp. dated as 

(Continued on Page 10) 



MPTOA's executive committee ex- 
pects to complete its fair trade 
practice proposals today so that they 
can be presented to the distribu- 
tors' representatives at a meeting 
scheduled for tomorrow morning. 

The MPTOA group yesterday 
huddled at organization headquar- 
ters most of the afternoon, during 
which the members voiced their 
opinions as to what constituted a 
fair plan. 

A greater part of the time was 

(Continued on Page 8) 



May Confer Today With Dis- 
trib. Committee — Con- 
crete Formula Drafted 

Allied yesterday agreed to 
participate in trade practice 
conferences with a distribu- 
tors' negotiating committee 
and a group was appointed to 
sit in at the sessions. 

Decision to enter into negotiation 
with the Sidney R. Kent commit- 
tee was reached shortly after the 
board of directors assembled at the 
Hotel Warwick and efforts were be- 
ing made late yesterday to schedule 
a meeting with the distributors to- 
day. 

Appointed to represent Allied at 
the hearings were: H. A. Cole, chair- 
man, Texas; Sidney Samuelson, New 

(.Continued on Page 8) 



EXPECT RKO REORG. 
OKAY AFTER OCT. 25 



While Federal Judge Bondy is ex- 
pected to officially okay the RKO 
reorg. plan at an early date, such 
action is not now anticipated at the 
next hearing scheduled for Oct. 25, 
it was learned yesterday. 

RKO before the close of the week 

(Continued on Page 12) 

Industry Picture in West 

Brighter, Grainger Finds 

Industry conditions in the West 
and Middle West were characterized 
as "very much improved," with 
every prospect for further solid ad- 
vances in the immediate future, by 

(Continued on Pane 12) 



All-Night Policy 

Broadway now has two pix houses 
operating all night. Policy was adopted 
yesterday by the Rialto for UniversaPs 
horrific dual, "Dracula" and "Franken- 
stein" and by the Globe for UniversaPs 
"Dark Rapture." 



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JOHN HAY WHITNEY, chairman of the 
board of Selznick International arrived in New 
York over the week-end. 

BARNEY BALABAN, STANTON GRIFFIS, AL 
LICHTMAN and RUSSELL HOLMAN left New 
York yesterday for the Paramount Coast studios. 

JAMES R. GRAINGER, president of Repub- 
lic, returned yesterday from a trans-continental 
trip. 

HARRY COHN, president of Columbia, leaves 
for the Coast today. 

W. RAY JOHNSTON and EDDIE GOLDEN 
of Monogram returned to New York yesterday. 

JOSEPH N. WEBER, president of the AF of 
M, arrives tomorrow from Houston where he 
attended the AF of L convention. 

GEORCE E. BROWNE, president of the 
IATSE is expected here tomorrow from at- 
tending the AF of L meeting in Houston. 

PAT CASEY, producers' labor contact, ar- 
rived here yesterday from the Coast. 

ROLAND YOUNG arrived in New York by 
motor yesterday after completing his role in 
"Topper Takes a Trip." 

MRS. FLORENCE MARSTON, Eastern head 

of SAG, returned over the week-end from 

Houston where she attended the AF of L con- 
vention. 

KARL MacDONALD, WB supervisor in Latin 
America, left over the week-end to visit com- 
pany offices in Cuba, Porto Rico, Trinidad 
and in Venezuela and Jamaica. 

SAM WOOD, director, and BEN COETZ, in 
charge of British production for M-C-M, sail 
tomorrow on the Queen Mary for London. 

E. V. RICHARDS, head of Saenger Theaters, 
is in New York for confabs with Para, theater 
execs. 

EDDIE ALBERT, Broadway actor, has been 
signed by Hal Wallis for a role in "The Poor 
Nut," and leaves soon for Warners' Hollywood 
studios. 

DOMINGO NARVAEZ, president of Venezuela 
Cinematografica, has left New York for 
Caracas, accompanied by FINY VERACOECHEA, 
general manager of the company. 

PATSY KELLY, comedienne, arrived in New 
York by plane yesterday for a vacation, hav- 
ing just completed a role in Goldwyn's "The 
Cowboy and the Lady." 



JOHN GILMOUR, producer of Excursions In 
Science series for General Electric, returned 
to Schenectady yesterday from New Yrok. 

MONROE GREENTHAL went to Chicago last 
night to direct the pre-opening campaign for 
"Drums." 

JANET MARTIN, assistant to Gregory Dick- 
son, Walt Disney's publicity director, has ar- 
rived here for two weeks at Disney's New 
York office. 

CAIL PATRICK, having just completed her 
role in Paramount's "Disbarred," arrives in 
New York today with her husband, ROBERT 
COBB. They plan a New England auto trip. 

BILL LANKFORD and CHARLES MOOSIAN, 
in charge of Paramount's "Arkansas Traveler" 
Mule Team, leave New York this morning for 
a tour of New England. 

GABRIEL PASCAL, British producer, left 
New York yesterday for the Coast. 

HENRY HENIGSON, business manager for 
Ernst Lubitsch Productions, was in New York 
over the week-end to confer with RKO execs, 
on the release of firm's first picture, "The 
Shop Around the Corner." 

LOUIS de ROCHEMONT, producer of the 
March of Time, returned over the week-end 
from Chicago where he received for the March 
of Time the annual award of the M. P. Traffic 
Safety Committee. 

Arriving on the Queen Mary today are FRITZ 
KREISLER, violinist, SERGEI RACHMANINOFF, 
composer-pianist, and RICHARD COLLET, 
business manager for the D'Oyley Carte Opera 
Company. 

MAX MACK, managing director of Ocean 
Films, Ltd., of London, is in Hollywood for two 
weeks, studying production and surveying tal- 
ent. 

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR., will leave Hol- 
lywood for London soon after the arrival of his 
father on the Coast. 

LIBBY FLEITELL, assistant to Frank McCann, 
Columbia's Philadelphia exploitation manager, 
is vacationing in Hollywood. 

DAVID NIVEN, film actor, arrived in New 
York yesterday to meet his fiancee coming 
from England. 

BEN SHLYEN, trade paper publisher, and MRS. 
SHLYEN, will return to New York this week 
from a Caribbean trip. 



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Jules Levy In Canada 

on RKO Circuit Deals 



With only a few remaining unsold 
important circuits in the country, 
Jules Levy, general sales manager 
of RKO Radio, now is negotiating 
Canadian deals. 

Levy is in Toronto meeting with 
N. L. Nathanson and J. J. Fitz- 
gibbons of the Famous Players Can- 
adian Circuit to round out a deal 
for the 1938-39 product. Canadian 
District Manager L. M. Devaney 
also represents RKO. 

Levy will also go to Montreal to 
consummate a deal with the United 
Amusement Circuit. 



Pascal Off for Coast 

Conferences With Mayer 

Gabriel L. Pascal, British pro- 
ducer, left for the Coast yesterday 
afternoon to confer with Louis B. 
Mayer, M-G-M production chief, on 
production plans for "Devil's Dis- 
ciple," G. B. Shaw play which he 
will make for M-G-M. Pascal will 
also do an editing job of his pro- 
duction of Shaw's "Pygmalion," be- 
ing distributed by M-G-M. 



Harry Gibbs Named GN 

Connecticut Manager 

New Haven — Harry Gibbs has 
been appointed Connecticut manager 
for Grand National, with I. Levine 
as salesman, effective yesterday. 
Gibbs has for the past six years op- 
erated an independent exchange. 

John Ricciuti continues with the 
Connecticut Atlantic Pictures fran- 
chise here. 



Robins to Become UA's 

St. Louis Branch Head 



Cincinnati — Ralph Kinsler, Grand 
National manager, has been pro- 
moted to Division manager for 
Cleveland, Detroit and Cincinnati. 
Kinsler's local chair is being filled 
by Nick Shafer, 20th-Fox city sales- 
man. Si Stewart returns to GN as 
rep for Ky. and W. Va. 



Edlund Funeral Held 

Kansas City, Mo. — Funeral ser- 
vices were held for Dorothy Edlund 
(Mrs. Steve Plowman), 26, who died 
following a heart attack. Mrs. 
Plowman, who was secretary to Lon 
Cox, Fox-Midwest Theaters ex- 
ecutive, had been a member of the 
Fox-Midwest home office staff for 
over ten years. 



Ben Robins, at present UA city 
salesman in Detroit, will step up 
as branch manager in St. Louis, it 
was learned yesterday. Robins will 
follow William Feldstein who has 
resigned. 

Realignment in Detroit find!, yd- 
ney Bowman, booker, succeeding 
Robins as salesman and Harry Lotz 
handling all bookings. 

Territory of Charles Stern, UA] 
Eastern district manager, is being 
extended to include Buffalo. 



Eiseman Promoted to UA 
Branch Managership Here 

Pittsburgh — Clarence Eiseman, 
for the past two years branch man- 
ager of the local United Artists ex- 
change, and prior to that in Char- 
lotte, has just been promoted to 
branch manager of the New York 
office. 

In the New York spot, Eiseman 
will succeed Charles Rosenzweig 
whose resignation was announced 
in early May. Since that time, 
Charles Stern, UA Eastern district 
manager, has been filling in. 

Eiseman's successor here has not 
been announced, and he will not go 
to New York until one is designated. 

Joe Goetz Is Named Aide 
to Col. Arthur Frudenfeld 



Cincinnati — Joe Goetz, manager 
of RKO Paramount, suburban house 
has been appointed assistant divi- 
sional manager, of RKO Midwest 
theaters, under Col. Arthur Fruden- 
feld. Paramount managership is 
assumed by M. J. Kavanagh, for- 
merly with UA and one time man- 
ager of Fox Theater, Brooklyn. 



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"SUEZ" COMES TO OROADWAY 



Experienced in handling tremendous 
crowds, New York's 5886-seat Roxy 
Theatre keeps on call extra ushers, cash- 
iers, doormen for emergencies. But even 
the Roxy s elaborate plans were inadequate 
when the 20th Century-Fox hit "SUEZ" 
had its world premiere run there. Usually, 



four boxoffices are sufficient for the biggest 
attractions. But with "SUEZ," even the 
Roxy 's full battery of six boxoffices (largest 
in the world) was not enough. Of interest 
to all showmen, these scenes show how the 
Roxy's augmented staff operates when a 
smash brings thousands storming the doors. 




"BllSjf? S-a-y I haven't even had 
a chance to powder my nose!" 
—Cashier No. 1, Georgia Childs. 




"Another day like this and ru 

be positively exhausted!" — 
Cashier No. 2, Olive Kniffen. 



"Did yOU ever see so may people 
in all your born life?" — Cashier 
No, 3, Marguerite Hutcheon. 



"I must have sold millions of 

tickets today." — Cashier No. 4, 
Lily Webster. 



"NOW I knOW what it will be like 
when the World's Fair opens !" — 
Cashier No.5, Elmina Rain water 



"JUSt lOOk at them! Simply 
swarming in!" — Cashier No. 6, 
Erma Hatt. 



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The Waiting line a half -hour before the New York Roxy doors opened. 
3,089 people stretched along 50th Street a quarter of a mile. 





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CrOWtlS Strain against the tape. Doormen W. G. Smith, Fred 
Fanning, Ralph Miller need all their strength. 



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Thousands pour through boxoffices and descend upon ticket- 
takers Jack Brodsky, William Moclair, George Mills, Albert 
Rubenstein. 





(left) Every One of the Roxy's 5886 seats is filled and more than 500, under Capt. Walter Darrah's 
watchful eye, wait in the rotunda, (right) Waiting line breaks through, fills huge Roxy rotunda. 




5 



Hundreds stand in back of orchestra hopefully waiting for a 
seat. They are lucky This, their fifth wait, is their last 





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Protected by bars in the vault, Treasurer Muldoon and 
assistants, William Moran and Walter Corwey, count up 




6 



Treasurer Frank E. Muldoon, guarded by Police- 
man James Cummings, with drawn gun, takes 
cash from boxoffices to theatre vault. 



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Armored Car from U. S. Trucking Corp. picks up cash for deposit 
in the Chase National Bank. - 



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ALLIED NAMES TRADE 
NEGOTIATING GROUP 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Jersey; Al Steffes, Minneapolis; Ray 
Branch, Michigan; Nathan Yamins, 
Massachusetts, and Abram F. Myers, 
who will be present as counsel. 

M. A. Rosenberg, Pennsylvania, 
and Herman Blum, Maryland, were 
named as committee alternates. 

Allied hoped that a session could 
be held today so that the directors 
could meet in Atlantic City on 
Thursday. 

After it was agreed that Allied 
should participate in the trade prac- 
tice conferences, the directors fell 
to work to draw up definite plans 
and a concrete formula to present 
to the distributors' representatives. 
All types of complaints were studied 
and these were assembled into a 
consolidated report. 

Meanwhile, a distributors' com- 
mittee met yesterday to discuss the 
forthcoming sessions with the var- 
ious exhibitor groups. Clarifica- 
tion of the distributors' plans is 
expected to be announced today at 
a press conference in the office of 
W. F. Rodgers, M-G-M general 
sales manager and member of the 
Kent committee. 



Dortic Named Pittsburgh 
Exchange Manager for GN 

Pittsburgh — Charles Dortic, book- 
er and office manager for Grand Na- 
tional here, has been appointed 
branch manager of the local ex- 
change effective yesterday, succeed- 
ing Jules Lapidus who was promot- 
ed to Middle Atlantic district man- 
ager, embracing the Pittsburgh, 
Philadelphia, Washington and 
Cleveland territories, for that com- 
pany. Dortic is one of the best 
known film men in this territory, 
having been with United Artists a 
number of years before joining 
Grand National. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 18 

Miriam Hopkins 

H. J. Yates, Jr. 

Bob Custer 

Lamar Trotti 

Guy Wonders 




• • • TRIBUTE to John H. Harris, son of the late Senator John 

Harris, who opened the first Nickelodeon in the United States 

that was in Pittsburgh in 1905 and so yesterday eve the largest 

theater in the world, with W. G. Van Schmus as host for the Music Hall, 

gave J. H. a reception in the studio of the famous theater it was 

all by way of celebrating Motion Pictures' Greatest Year a dis- 
tinguished invited list of film execs, was in evidence among those 

present were Ned Depinet, S. Barret McCormick, Jules Levy, Jack 

Alicoate, Si Seadler, Gradwell Sears Cresson Smith, Major L. E. 

Thompson, Frank Walker, Frank Nugent Harry Buckley, John 

Dowd, Paul Gulick, Monroe Greenthal, Carl Leserman, Lou Lifton, Kel- 
cey Allen, E. L. McEvoy, Jacob Wilk, Herman Wobber, Irving Wormser, 

Rutgers Nielson. Maurice Kann, Martin Quigley, Roy Chartiers, 

Henry Linet, Sam Shain, Madeline White, Miriam Gibson, Stella Hamlin 
a gay party that strung along into the evening hours 

T T T 

• • • A CAVALCADE of Motion Picture Music ar- 
ranged for Music Week endorsed by Ascap, a committee of 

music publishers, dealers, ork leaders and composers has prepared 
a series of programs by way of celebrating Motion Pictures Great- 
est Year the programs will consist of song hits from past and 

current movies they will be featured on radio programs, in 

hotels, night clubs and theaters the week beginning Oct. 31 

Ascap will help publicise the event by sending out a pictorial 
layout in mat form to 3,000 newspapers, illustrating songs that the 
movies made famous, with pictures of their composers 

▼ TV 

• • • ONE OF the main social brawls of the season in our film 

set that given by way of a rib to Eddie Golden so they 

called it a beefsteak party ha you will recall if you try 

hard enough that Eddie is connected with Monogram Pictures a 

vice-president or something it was held at the Nicollet Hotel at 

Minneapolis last Friday eve public officials, civic leaders and 

movie execs, were in attendance also a 30-piece ork with Marvyl 

Van Loewe as soloist the ork tooted like merry hell to drown out 

the speakers but the speakers were all in grand form and drowned 

out the ork Mister Golden was given a humidor, a cuspidor and 

an egg-beater for "his heroic and noble efforts to elevate inde- 
pendent films as entertainment in the theaters of our nation" note 

they said "efforts" among the merrymakers who showed they 

could take it were Bill Rodgers of Metro, H. M. Richey, George Dern- 
bow, Pete Harrison, Mori Van Praag, W. A. Steffes. who arranged the 

social riot and William Elson, who handled the gavel 

Mister Golden got up to acknowledge the tributes from his mob of 
pals, and after mumbling a few words in his shirt a couple of strong- 
arm waiters gave him the old one-two-three right through the door 

that gives you an idea that it was a swell party and all hands had a 

lovely time (Editor's Note: It appears that a slight quantity of 

liquor was consumed) 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • HALLOWE'EN Masquerade Party given by the 

New York Warner Club on the nite of Oct. 28th at the club rooms 

of the home office the committee will consist of John T. 

Holmes, club prexy Arthur Sachson, Ralph Budd, Harold 

Rodner, Harry Mayer and Irving Birnbaum there will be 

prizes for costumes, dancing and a show 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • GIVE HIM a call and say hello to Harry Glickman, 

the popular prexy of Mecca Film Lab who is now recuperating 

from a minor operation at the Sydenham Hospital Harry will be 

glad to hear from you 



MPTOA EXECS. HUDDLE 
ON DISTRIB. DEMANDS 



(Continued from Page 1) 

spent in preparing the phraseology 
of the MPTOA formal demand? ex- 
pected to be based upon the faf ar 
10-point program. These will' be 
presented in written form and sub- 
mitted for consideration by the en- 
tire executive committee instead of 
by an appointed group. 

Representing MPTOA will be Ed 
Kuykendall, 0. C. Lam, M. C. Moore, 
Mack Jackson, Ed Levy, Arthur 
Lockwood, Charles Williams, H. B. 
Harvey, Lewen Pizor and Sam Pi- 
nanski. 

Fred Wehrenberg of St. Louis was 
unable to be here because of illness 
in his family. L. C. Griffith of Okla- 
homa, who had been scheduled to 
appear, also did not come East. 
Pinanski also was absent yesterday 
but is expected to be on hand for 
the sessions today. 

Sam Borisky, Chattanooga 
Exhib., Dies in Baltimore 

Chattanooga, Tenn. — Col. Samuel 
H. Borisky, 47, widely known local 
theaterman, died Fridav in Johns- 
Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, ac- 
cording to word received here. 

Mr. Borisky, who had been ill for 
several months, had been taken to 
John Hopkins last week for treat- 
ment. 

He was vice-president of Indepen- 
dent Theaters Inc., operating a cir- 
cuit of six theaters in Chattanooga. 
An official of Southeastern Theater 
Owners Association, he was chair- 
man of arrangements for the annual 
convention held here in June. 

Coming to Chattanooga from At- 
lanta 20 years ago, he had been 
identified with Independent The- 
aters since 1919 with his brother, 
Abe Borisky, and brother-in-law, 
Abe Solomon. 

Surviving are his widow; his 
mother Mrs. Carrie Borisky of At- 
lanta; four sisters, Mrs. Abe Solo- 
mon and Mrs. Julius Schwartz of 
Chattanooga; Mrs. David Rosen- 
bloum of Butler, Pa., and Mrs. Stan- 
lay Rocker of New York, one 
brother, Abe Borisky of Chatta- 
nooga. 

The body was returned to Chat- 
tanooga for funeral services. 



Joe Nadel Joins Small 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Joe H. Nadel, form- 
erly with Major Pictures, has been 
made production manager of Ed- 
ward Small Productions. 



Triple Premiere 

Butte — Demand for tickets for the 
local premiere of Warners' "The Sisters," 
at the Rialto next Saturday, has com- 
pelled Fox West Coast to draft two 
more houses, the Fox and the Broadway, 
to show the picture on the same night. 
Original booking was for the 2,000-seat 
Rialto. 



Tuesday, October 18, 1938 



DAILY 



.V :< REVIEWS Of THE REUJ flLflS > .V 



'Service de Luxe' 



with Constance Bennett, Vincent Price, 

Charlie Ruggles 
Un^ sal 85 mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 
MERRY ROMANTIC COMEDY SUP- 
PLIES PLENTY OF ENTERTAINMENT 
AND SHOULD CLICK EASILY. 

This merry, romantic comedy supplies a 
large evening of entertainment. Rowland 
V. Lee's direction is splendid and he has 
gained excellent performances from his 
cast. Edmund Grainger rates credit as 
associate producer. Constance Bennett 

. has, never done better work, while hand- 
some Vincent Price, recruited from the 
stage, is certain to make the hearts of 
femme fans flutter. That scene stealer, 
Mischa Auer, is a constant delight, and 
Charlie Ruggles scores heavily with his 
comedy. Helen Broderick is another of 

I the funmakers and responsible for many 
laughs. Joy Hodges is decorative and 
capable as a giddy, love-sick debutante. 
Gertrude Purcell and Leonard Spiegelgass 
turned in an amusing screenplay, based 
on an original story by Bruce Manning and 
Vera Caspary. Constance Bennett operates 
a service that takes care of everyone's af- 
fairs. Price is an inventor from upstate 
New York and has been dominated by 
aunts and other relatives. He meets Con- 
stance and starts dominating Constance — 
and she likes it. Unknown to him she gets 
Ruggles interested in Price's invention. 
Joy Hodges, Ruggles' daughter, falls in 
love with Price, who pays little attention 
to her. She proposes to him — and an- 
nounces their "engagement." In dismay, 
Constance admits to Price that she has 
been secretlv managing his affairs. In a 
bitter dispute, he tells her that he is 
going to marry Joy. He relents, however, 
and learning that Auer is a real Russian 
nobleman, has Auer display his medals to 
the title-loving Joy. This leaves Price free 
to marry Constance, and all ends well. 

CAST: Constance Bennett, Vincent 
Price, Charlie Ruggles, Helen Broderick, 
Mischa Auer, Joy Hodges, Halliwell Hobbes, 
Chester Clute. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Edmund 
Grainger; Director, Rowland V. Lee; Au- 
thors, Bruce Manning and Vera Caspary; 
Screenplay, Gertrude Purcell and Leonard 
Spigelgass; Cameraman, George Robinson; 
Art Director, Jack Otterson; Editor, Ted 
Kent; Musical director, Charles Previn. 

DIRECTION, Splendid. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Very Good. 

No Date Set for Meeting 
on Cameramen's Contract 



No date has been set yet for 
meeting Local 644, cameramen's 
union, and Eastern newsreels to dis- 
cuss renewal of the union's pact 
with the companies, it was learned 
yesterday with the arrival of Pat 
Casey, producers' labor representa- 
tive. Casey will attend the huddle 
the AFM will hold this Thursday 
with heads of the major companies. 



"Listen, Darling" 

with Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, 

Mary Astor 

M-G-M 70 mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

STRIKES A HUMAN NOTE AND 
SHOULD PLEASE EVERY MEMBER OF 
THE FAMILY. 

This story has a fresh human note, and 
properly exploited, should attract every 
member of the family. It deals with the 
youngsters, a girl and a neighbor boy, who 
are determined to prevent an undesirable 
marriage for the girl's mother and find a 
suitable mate for her. Judy Garland is 
the girl, and Freddie Bartholomew the boy, 
and they do outstanding work. Edwin L. 
Marin provided warm, sympathetic direc- 
tion and planted the comedy and romance 
effectively. Jack Cummings rates credit 
as associate producer. Mary Astor does 
splendid work as the mother, ready to 
marry a business man, Gene Lockhart, 
whom she does not love, to gain security 
for her two children, Judy, and Scotty 
Backett. Scotty is especially appealing as 
the youngster with a Daniel Boone com- 
plex. Walter Pidgeon is very good as a 
New York attorney, on a vacation, who 
falls in love with Mary. Alan Hale is 
convincing in an important role. Gene 
Lockhart, Charley Grapewin and Barnett 
Parker are among the capable principals. 
Elaine Ryan and Anne Morrison Chapin 
wrote the screenplay based on the story 
by Katherine Brush. Judy scores heavily 
with three songs, "On The Bumpy Road 
to Love," by Al Hoffman, Al Lewis and 
Murray Mancher; "A Lullaby, Ten Pins 
In The Sky," by Joseph McCarthy and 
Milton Ager and "Zing! With The Strings 
of My Heart" by Joseph Hanley. Georgie 
Stoll directed the music effectively. After 
Mary decides she should marry Lockhart, 
it is Alan Hale, who helps the youngsters 
and Pidgeon in their campaign to have 
Mary wed Pidgeon and Pidgeon wins. 

CAST: Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholo- 
mew, Mary Astor, Walter Pidgeon, Alan 
Hale, Scotty Beckett, Barnett Parker, Gene 
Lockhart, Charley Grapewin. 

CREDITS: Producer, Jack Cummings; 
Director, Edwin L. Marin; Author, Kath- 
erne Brush; Screenplay, Elaine Ryan and 
Anne Morrison Chapin; Cameraman. Charles 
Lawton, Jr.; Art Director. Cedric Gib- 
bons; associates, Harry McAfee, Edwin B. 
Willis; Editor, Blanche Sewell; Musical 
Director, Georgie Stoll; Musical Arrange- 
ments, Roger Edens; Songs by Al Hoff- 
man, Al Lewis and Murray Mancher; Jos- 
eph McCarthy and Milton Ager; Joseph 
Hanley; Musical Score, Dr. William Axt. 

DIRECTION, Sympathetic. PHOTOGRA- 
PHY, Very Good. 




Robert V. Latham Dead 

Miami — Robert V. Latham, 59, 
veteran stage director, is dead here. 
He was formerly manager of the 
Fairfax and the Olympia. The "roll- 
away" stage, projecting over the 
footlights, was invented by Latham. 
He leaves the widow, Edna, and two 
sons, Cal and Lawrence. Another 
son, Paul, was killed several years 
ago in an airplane crash. 



"Aladdin's Lantern" 

(Our Gang Comedy) 

M-G-M 10 mins. 

Tops Series 

One of the best of the Our Gang 
series, with a real clever skit for 
the youngsters to sink their his- 
trionic teeth in. They put on the 
Arabian Night's tale of Aladdin and 
his magic lantern. Spanky plays 
the role of the Caliph. Darla is his 
beautiful daughter, a singer and 
dancer. She is in love with Aladdin, 
played by Alfalfa. The latter ap- 
proaches the Caliph and gets him 
excited over the magic lamp when 
he rubs it and brings a bevy of danc- 
ing girls out of nothing to entertain 
the potentate. There are some very 
funny scenes with Alfalfa riding on 
the magic carpet, strung on ropes 
and a pulley that gets stuck under a 



lighted candle as Alfalfa attempts 
a song and scorches his underside. 
This skit is done with just the right 
amateur touch and all the kids do 
fine work. 

"Streamlined Swing" 

(A Miniature) 

M-G-M 9 m i ns . 

Snappy Harmony 

Presentation of the original Sing 
Band, a colored aggregation of clev- 
er boys who produce the instru- 
mental effects by manipulation of 
their mouth and hands. They are 
porters on a swanky streamline 
private car owned by the president 
of the railroad. Some nutty mil- 
lionaire thinks the car is his, and 
makes the boys a present of it, pro- 
vided they remove it from the rail- 
road tracks. So they turn it into a 
night club on wheels, serving fancy 
southern dishes and dispensing hot 
swing music. Good atmosphere, 
peppy harmony, and moving at a 
fast pace. 



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By RALPH WILK 
Small Pact for Green 

C\& strength of his direction of 
W "Duke of West Point," Alfred 
E. Green has heen signed by Ed- 
ward Small Productions to direct 
"King of the Turf" starring Adolphe 
Menjou and starting about Nov. 15. 

T T T 

Para. Signs Hageman 
Richard Hageman, Metropolitan 
Opera composer and symphony con- 
ductor, has been signed by Para- 
mount to write the music for "The 
Light That Failed'' and the new 
version of "Hotel Imperial." 

T ▼ T 

Six "Juarez" Principals 

Warner Bros, has set six prin- 
cipals for the cast of "Juarez." Paul 
Muni, who will star in the picture, 
will play Juarez; Bette Davis will 
do Carlotta; Brian Aherne will 
portray Maximilian; John Garfield 
will impersonate Diaz, and Claude 
Rains will be seen as General 
Ortega. Donald Crisp will also play 
a featured role in the production, 
which William Dieterle will direct. 
Shooting is scheduled to start on 
Nov. 7. 

T ▼ ▼ 

Paco Moreno with Guizar 

Paco Moreno, well known Spanish 
comedian and father of Rosita Mor- 
eno, has been signed by Dario Prods- 
to play an important role in "Radio 
Troubador," a Spanish picture, which 
will star Tito Guizar. "Radio Trou- 



WHO'S WHO IN HOLLYWOOD 

• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 200 • • • 

C. SYLVAN SIMON. One of the youngest directors if not the youngest at 
*"*' a major studio. Notable in his career is his rapid advancement for within 
two years after entering production he is directing for M-G-M. Born March 
9, 1910, in Chicago, moved to Ptitsburgh when his father (David Simon) became 
Universal exchange manager here. Spent a good deal of his time between 
1914 and 1928 on Film Row. Finishing Schenley High School, Simon went to 
University of Michigan in 1927. Following graduation in 1931, he taught speech 
and play production for one year. Also served as assistant director of broad- 
casting where he instituted the first radio course in the playing of musical 
instruments. Then to Columbia Law School in New York. Graduating in 1935, 
practiced law one day. Was given a job as director of the Summer theater in 
Schroon Lake, N. Y. There was seen by a Warner talent scout and was signed 
as talent scout by Warners. Worked in Warners' 
home office for one year. While talent scout for 
Warners, directed several Broadway successes, 
including "Lysistrata" and "Girls in Uniform.' 
Then signed as test director for Universal on the 
Coast. Directed a special Universal short entitled 
"Hollywood Screen Test" and on the merits of 
that picture, he was advanced to feature direc- 
tor. In the space of one year he did four pic- 
tures. The fifth production was the Hope Hamp- 
ton picture, "The Road to Reno." On the final 
day of "The Road to Reno" he was signed to a 
long term contract by Metro, where he is cur- 
rently directing "Spring Dance," starring Mau- 
reen O'Sullivan, Lew Ayres and Burgess Mere- 
dith. Not only did "The Road to Reno" bring 
him his M-G-M contract, but three days before 
the picture was finished his wife presented him 
with a daughter, named Susan. 




bador," which will be directed by 
Richard Harlan, long assistant to 
C. B. DeMille, will be released by 
Paramount. Dario Faralla, presi- 



dent of Dario Prods., has signed Dr. 
Hugo Reisenfeld of the Abe Meyer 
organization, to arrange the musical 
score for the picture. 



Pleasure Plus Business 

While in Mexico City recently, 
ostensibly on a brief vacation, ( ,a- 
mount producer Arthur Hornblbw, 
Jr., acted as talent scout, purchas- 
ing agent, and location manager for 
"Drums Over Havana." He signed 
three players, Mario Sanchez, a com- 
ic, and the Spanish dancing team of 
Marquerita and Romero. Also, he 
arranged for a full carload of vari- 
ous "props." Hornblow will ready 
"Drums Over Havana" for the 
cameras by the middle of November. 
▼ ▼ r 
Laura Wilck Sets Two 

Laura Wilck, writer's agent, has 
just set Frederick Jackson at Metro 
to collaborate on a yarn with Laur- 
ence Stallings, and placed Louis 
Weitzenkorn with Warners to de- 
velop an original story. 

T T T 

Boyd In 20th Hopalong 

William Boyd finished "Riders of 
the Range" last week which marks 
his 20th Hopalong since the series 
started four years ago. He has one 
more to do on this year's schedule. 

Para. Signs Raft "Find" 

Verdi Lardien, 20-year-old blonde 
chorine "discovered" by George 
Raft at the Cafe Francaise in 
Brooklyn, has been placed under 
six months' contract by Paramount 
and will appear in a small part with 
the star in "The Lady's from Ken- 
tucky." 



B. F. Keith Corp. Retires 

5% Gold Bond Issue 

(Continued from Page 1) 
of March 1, 1926) providing for 
first and general refunding mort- 
gage 6 per cent bonds, series B, due 

March 1, 1946. 

The first - and general refunding 
mortgage was issued to the Bankers' 
Trust Co. as collateral for a loan 
from Bankers' Trust to B, F. Keith 
Corp. in the principal amount of 
$1,000,000. The loan is evidenced 
by eight promissory notes of B. F. 
Keith Corp. maturing serially, pay- 
able to Bankers' Trust Co. each in 
the amount of $125,000. The B. F. 
Keith Corp. said it used the pro- 
ceeds of the loan together with 
$109,166.67 of its own funds to re- 
tire all the issued and outstanding 
first mortgage 5 per cent gold bonds 
of B. F. Keith's New York The- 
aters Co. in the total principal of 
$1,100.00. 

Keith-Albee-Orpheum Corp. also 
filed a special report with the SEC 
stating that West Side Theaters 
Corp., a subsidiary of Greater New 
York Vaudeville Theaters Corp., 
which is a subsidiary of K-A-O, sold 
on Sept. 5, its 10 shares of stock 
of the Costello Theater Corp., rep- 
resenting all the shares of stock 
outstanding. 



Claim "Snow White" Tune 
"Old Eli" Infringement 

Suit against RKO-Radio Pictures, 
Inc., Walt Disney Productions, Ltd., 
Walt Disney Enterprises, Inc., and 
Irving Berlin, Inc., was filed Satur- 
day in U. S. District Court by Thorn- 
ton W. Wilder Co. Suit, charging 
infringement of a song copyright, 
seeks an injunction and accounting 
of profits and damages in the use of 
"Old Eli March" (Yale University) 
which the plaintiff alleges was in- 
fringed upon in "Some Day My 
Prince Will Come," a "Snow White" 
number. "Old Eli March" was writ- 
ten, the suit charges, by Wadsworth 
Doster while the film song was 
written by Larry Morley and Frank 
Churchill. 



"The Sisters" Draws 60,000 

Steady SRO from 30 minutes af- 
ter the house opened both on Satur- 
day and Sunday was claimed by the 
New York Strand management yes- 
terday as the achievement of War- 
ners' "The Sisters" and Horace 
Heidt's ork. Bill in first three 
days played to more than 60,000 
admissions. 



702 and Du Art Lab. Due 

to Sign Contract Today 

Signing of a Local 702 contract 
by Du Art Laboratory is expected 
to take place this morning when 
John Rugge, the lab. workers union 
president, and Arthur Gottlieb, pres- 
ident of Du Art. and their legal 
representatives, meet in the office 
of Richard Walsh, IATSE vice-pres- 
ident, who acted as mediator in 
settling the lengthy strike. 

Contract grants wage increases, 
working conditions and other clauses 
asked for by the union. 

At Saturday's nomination of can- 
didates for office by members of 
the union, Rugge was renominated 
for president without opposition. 
However, opposition candidates were 
nominated to run for a number of 
the other offices against the incum- 
bents. 



Warners Sell to L-J 

Warners has concluded a deal 
with the Lucas & Jenkins Circuit 
for the theater chain's 27 theaters 
to play the complete seasonal out- 
put. 



Loew Circuit Books RKO 

Loew's Circuit in New York has 
closed with RKO Radio for the 1938" 
39 product. 



HER and Ace Labs. Will 
Sign Contracts With 702 

HER and Ace Laboratories have 
reached an agreement with Local 
702, lab. workers union, on terms 
of a new contract, with signing ex- 
pected as soon as the contracts are 
drafted, it was learned yesterday. 

John Rugge, president of the Lo- 
cal, negotiated with the two labora- 
tories for some time. 

A closed shop, wage increases, a 
seniority basis, vacations with pay 
and overtime scales feature the 
terms of the contracts. In the case 
of Ace, wage increase will average 
about 17 per cent, and the increase 
at HER will average about 10 per 
cent, it was learned. 

Negotiations with a number of 
other laboratories are expected to 
be pushed in the near future. 



Joe Levy Dies In K. C. 

Kansas City, Mo. Funeral ser- 
vices were held yesterday for Joe 
Levy, veteran film company man- 
ager and owner of the Special At- 
tractions Co., who died following a 
three week's illness. Levy is sur- 
vived by his wife, Mrs. Beulah Levy, 
a son, Kenneth Levy and a daugh- 
ter, Miss Josephine Levy, as well as 
his father, Harry Levy, two 
brothers and two sisters. Burial was 
in Mt. Washington cemetery. 




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theatre chair— the American Bodiform. 

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(Continued from Page 1) 

will formally announce George J. 
Schaefer's affiliation with the com- 
pany, The Film Daily was in- 
formed. 

At the same time, it was said 
that the company would announce 
that Leo Spitz, stepping down as 
president, would continue with the 
company as special counsel. 

Industry Picture in West 

Brighter, Grainger Finds 

(Continued from Page 1) 

James R. Grainger, Republic's presi- 
dent and general manager in charge 
of distribution, who returned to the 
home office yesterday following a 
three weeks' trans-continental trek 
which took him to most of the West 
Coast keys, and important territor- 
ies en route homeward. 

The trip was the first to Los An- 
geles, Portland, Seattle and other 
spots in the West since his elevation 
to the top executive post in Repub- 
lic. Studios are running at top 
speed, he declared, and distribs. and 
exhibs. alike are enjoying the re- 
sults of good product. During his 
trip, Grainger closed several im- 
portant circuit deals, and stated 
that he is unusually optimistic over 
progress made by Republic in re- 
cent months. 



Air Interviews for Execs, at MPTOA Meet 

Oklahoma City — Both major local radio stations, KOMA and WKY, are making 
plans for carrying broadcaats centering around the forthcoming 18th annual MPTOA 
convention here Oct. 30-Nov. 2. KOMA is located in the Biltmore Hotel, convention 
headquarters, and will feature executives and speakers for guest interviews. Both 
stations' program departments are going overboard to give the MPTOA plenty of 
air time while it is in session. 



"Suez" Plays to 87,000 

in Four Days at the Roxy 

(Continued from Page 1) 

night. Over the week-end, the pix 
drew 69,096. At 4 p.m. yesterday, 
it was approximately 25 per cent 
ahead of the opening day at the 
same hour. 

"Suez" biz yesterday ran ahead 
of the opening day; pix is expected 
to stay at least four weeks at the 
Roxy. 



Report Maxwell to Receive 
3 Millions in Settlement 



London (By Cable) — Terms of the 
settlement of the Associated British 
Pictures (John Maxwell) suit 
against Isidor and Mark Ostrer are 
understood to provide for the re- 
payment to ABP of $3,000,000 in 
10 yearly installments. Action was 
based upon alleged misrepresenta- 
tion in the ABP-GB stock deal. 



"Husbands" for Carnegie 

"School for Husbands," released 
on this side by J. H. Hoffberg Co., 
will have its U. S. premiere at the 
Little Carnegie. 



Pending Applications Will 
Boost SAG 1109 Membership 

Enrolled membership in the East- 
ern division of Screen Actors Guild 
totaled 1109 when the books were 
officially closed on Saturday, but 
membership total is expected to go 
considerably over that mark as 
pending applications filed before the 
Oct. 1 application deadline are to 
be acted upon before Nov. 1. 

Mrs. Florence Marston, Eastern 
SAG head, returned to the office 
yesterday after attending the RFL 
convention in Houston and making 
a brief stop in Chicago. 

Agreement was reached with Chi- 
cago Film Laboratories on terms of 
an SAG contract, it was learned, 
with signing expected to take place 
as soon as a contract is sent to the 
Laboratory by Mrs. Marston. 



Mrs. Fred Nugent Dead 

Detroit — Mrs. Hazel Nugent, 
wife of Fred Nugent, manager of 
Monarch Pictures office, and former- 
ly Metro branch manager here, 
died following several months' ill- 
ness. Burial was in Toledo. She is 
also survived by one son, Fred, Jr. 



HIGH COURT REFUSES 
HART CASE REVIEW 



(Continued from Page 1) 

make contracts for the leasing of 
the pictures and split the profr on 
a specified basis with the Willil "S 
Hart Co. 

The petitions contended that be- 
fore the actual production UA leased 
and contracted for the distribution 
of the picture on such a price basis 
that, to its knowledge, petitioners' 
interest would be less than the 
actual money cost of production. 

The Harts brought suit to recover 
the sum retained by UA as its 
compensation out of the proceeds of 
the distribution. The District Court 
dismissed the complaint on the 
grounds that it failed to state a 
cause of action. Holding that the 
contract did not create a fiduciary 
relationship between petitioners and 
UA, the Circuit Court of Appeals 
affirmed the decision. After which 
the Harts appealed to the Supreme 
Court. 

Louis Blaine Appointed 

Assistant to John Joseph 

Chicago — Louis Blaine, RKO ad- 
vertising manager, has been named 
assistant to John Joseph, Universale 
director of advertising and publicity.' 
Blaine leaves for Hollywood in 10 
days. His successor here will be 
named shortly. 



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Brit Lion Head Here to Talk Republic Deal Renewal 

INDUSTRYSEEKS TRADEfRACTICE HARMONY TODAY 

Argentinian Industry Fights Distrib. Tax, Censorship 



Defeat of Newly Introduced 

Measure Is Believed 

Certain 

A bill which would set up a cen- 
sor board and tax distributors for 
ts maintenance has just been intro- 
duced into the Argentinian Con- 
gress, it was learned here yesterday. 
Ihe measure will not come up for a 
rote until May, 1939, and indica- 
;ions are that it will not pass, owing 
;o determined opposition by the Ar- 
gentinian industry. 
| The board, under the proposal, 

(.Continued on Page 4) 

CONFIRM SETTLEMENT 
OF ABP-OSTRER SUIT 



London (By Cable) — Settlement 
of the $3,000,000 ABP (John Max- 
well) suit against Isidor and Mark 
Ostrer for alleged fraud in the As- 
sociated British Pictures-GB stock 
deal was officially confirmed here 
yesterday. 



. That an out of court settlement 
was in prospect was forecast in a 
London cable published in The 
Film Daily Monday. 



Lund Rites Tentatively 

Arranged for Tomorrow 

Funeral services for Ralph Lund, 
47, member of the advertising staff 
of RKO Radio pictures under Barret 
McCormick's direction, were being 
formulated yesterday, it being an- 
nounced tentatively that the rites 

(Continued on Page 4) 

J. C. Graham to Announce 
New Affiliation Shortly 

London (By Cable) — Resignation 
of J. C. Graham as Paramount's 
managing director, recently an- 
nounced, does not mean Graham is 
retiring; instead, he is expected to 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Wilcox May Make Three for British Lion 

Herbert Wilcox will produce three features for British Lion if present negotiations 
are successfully concluded, it was disclosed here yesterday by Sam Smith, British Lion 
exec, on his arrival from London. Financing would be provided by British Lion. 



TELEVISION PROBLEMS COURT HEARS WRIT 
BEFORE SMPE MEETING PLEA IN TRUST SUIT 



Television problems will come in 
for attention at the SMPE Fall con- 
vention which opens at the Hotel 
Statler, Detroit, Oct. 31 and con- 
tinues through Nov. 2. Program 
for the sessions, announced yester- 
day, calls for appearances on Nov. 
1 by I. J. Kaar of GE who will dis- 
cuss "Some of the Problems Ahead 
of Television" and by G. L. Beers, 
E. W. Engstrom and I. G. Maloff 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Robert Cobe to Manage 

GN Exchange in Boston 

Appointment of Robert Cobe, 
formerly Republic's exchange man- 
ager in New Haven, as manager of 
Grand National's branch in Boston 
was disclosed yesterday. 

Cobe steps up to fill the vacancy 
caused by the recent promotion of 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Chicago — Plaintiffs' application 
for a temporary injunction in the 
anti-trust suit brought by local 
indies against Balaban & Katz, et 
al, came before Federal Judge Wil- 
kerson here yesterday, with the 
hearing continuing today. 

Joseph Rosenberg and Aaron Stein 
of Rosenberg, Stein and Rosenberg 
appeared for the plaintiffs, largely 
members of Allied of Illinois, while 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Canadian Film Business 

is Showing Marked Gain 

Film business in Canada, since 
the opening of the current season, 
is exceptionally good, it was stated 
yesterday by Wolf e Cohen, Warners' 
Canadian district manager, upon 
his arrival at the home office from 
Toronto. 

Sales of WB product are far 

(Continued on Page 6) 



British Lion to Produce 8 to 10 Pix 
to Fill Republic Quota Requirements 



Drive Sends B. O. Returns 
Up 10 to 25% in Atlanta 

Industry's drive is credited with 
boosting b.o. returns from 10 to 25 
per cent above last year in Atlanta, 
the local committee advised head- 
quarters here yesterday. 

At the same time, headquarters 
made public commendatory state- 
ments by leading exhibs., based on 

(Continued on Page 8) 



British Lion will produce between 
eight and 10 pictures, budgeted from 
$125,000 to $250,000 to fill English 
quota requirements of Republic dur- 
ing the coming year, Sam Smith, 
managing director of the English 
company, told The Film Daily yes- 
terday when he arrived on the Queen 
Mary. Minimum of 45 Republic pix 
will be distributed in Great Britain. 

Smith stated that the current Re- 
public-British Lion deal, for four 

(Continued on Page 4) 



MPTOA, Allied and Distribs. 

Open Parleys This Morning; 

May Last a Week 

First step in the establishment of 
a so-called industry fair trades prac- 
tice program gets under way today 
as representatives of MPTOA and 
Allied meet, separately, with dis- 
tributor groups. 

Sidney R. Kent, 20th-Fox presi- 
dent, and Ned Depinet, RKO vice- 
president, will meet with the MPTOA 
delegation, while Grad Sears, War- 
ner Bros, sales head, and W. F. 
Rodgers, M-G-M sales manager, are 
to convene with Allied representa- 
tives. Abe Montague, sales chief 
for Columbia, will alternate between 
the two sessions. Indications are 
that the meeting will continue into 
next week. 

Discussions with the unaffiliated 

(Continued on Page 8) 

R'KY MLGROUP ASKS 
BIGGER CANCELLATION 



Denver — A greater cancellation 
privilege will be sought by the The- 
ater Owners and Managers of the 
Rocky Mountain Region through 
their representative, Charles Gil- 
mour, who yesterday was selected 
unanimously to represent the or- 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Take Schenck Deposition 

Loew Suit Next Week 



in 



E. K. Ellis, attorney for a group 
of Loew stockholders who seek to 
restrain the company from putting 
a profit-sharing plan into effect, ex- 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Teleview Circuit Plans 

6 Coast Newsreel Houses 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Los Angeles — Teleview Theater 
erected on Hollywood Boulevard as 
the first of a string of 6 theaters, 

(Continued on Page 8) 



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New Operators Contract 

Takes Shape in Chicago 

Chicago — Early agreement on a 
new contract was indicated yester- 
day as representatives of operators 
union and theater owners conferred. 
Matter of colored operators repre- 
sentation is also expected to he 
settled. 



comma nno gomg 



S. BARRET McCORMICK, advertising and 
publicity director for RKO, leaves today for a 
10- to 12-day stay on the Coast. 

BEN GOETZ, M-C-M British production head, 
and SAM WOOD, M-G-M director, sail for 
England today on the Queen Mary. 

MR. and MRS. SAMUEL GOLDWYN are at 
the Waldorf. 

SAM SMITH, managing director of British 
Lion Film Corporation, arrived yesterday on the 
Queen Mary. 

J. S. MARKSTEIN, president of Screeno 
Amusement Company, returns to home office 
in Chicago today after a trip to Detroit, Mon- 
treal, Toronto, Quebec, Portland, Boston and 
New York. 

STANLEY W. HAND, staff representative of 
Altec, has returned to New York from a trip 
to the South and Midwest. 

MACK LITTMAN, American representative of 
Herbert Wilcox, returned to New York yester- 
day after a 10-day visit to several Midwestern 
cities. 

Y. FRANK FREEMAN returns from Chicago 
today. 

SAM GOLDSTEIN, treasurer of Guaranteed 
Pictures, sails for London and the continent 
today on the Washington. He will be gone 
several weeks on company business. 

JAMES P. O'LOCHLIN, head of 20th-Fox's 
Kent Drive, and WILLIAM J. CLARK, short 
subjects sales manager are due in Hollywood 
tomorrow for studio confabs. Clark, who is 
accompanied by his family, sails shortly for 
New Zealand. 



BILLY BEIN, franchise holder for Trailer- 
Made in the Cincinnati territory, is in town 
for a few days, making his headquarters at 
the St. Moritz. 

BARRY RICHARDS, head of Standard Pic- 
tures, is in New York from the Coast on 
a business visit and is scheduled to return to 
Hollywood during the coming week-end. 

JOHN EBERSON, film theater architect, re- 
turns to New York today following a brief trip 
to Texas. 

LOUIS D. FROHLICH, of the law firm of 
Schwartz & Frohlich, has returned to New 
York from Boston. 

ALLEN JENKINS, Warner comedian, arrived 
in New York yesterday from the Coast. He 
was accompanied by his wife. 

OTTO KRUGER, actor, sails for Europe to- 
day on the Queen Mary. 

GEORGE RAFT is scheduled to arrive on the 
Coast tomorrow after an Eastern vacation. 

WOLFE COHEN, WB's Canadian district man- 
ager, who arrived in New York yesterday from 
Toronto, leaves today for the latter city via St. 
John and Montreal. 

SAM MARX is in New York from the Coast 
looking over the new plays. 

LOUISE CAMPBELL, Paramount player in 
"Men With Wings," arrives in New York from 
the Coast today on the Twentieth Century 
for a brief vacation. 

FRANK CILLMORE, AAAA president, is ir 
Hollywood for confabs with the Screen Actors' 
Cuild. 



Warners' Continental 

Leased by Moe Goldman 

Warners' Continental Theater, 
B'way at 52nd St., has been ac- 
quired on a long-term lease by Moe 
Goldman, head of Foreign Cinema 
Arts, Inc., it was announced yes- 
terday. 

House will present a foreign pic- 
ture policy, based on single feature 
plus short product, including for- 
eign newsreels. Goldman states 
that he will open the Continental on 
Nov. 1 with "Singing Blacksmith" 
as top attraction. 

Extensive decorations have been 
effectuated in the theater's interior. 
House was originally the Piccadilly 
Theater, built and operated by the 
late Lee A. Ochs who subsequently 
sold it to Warners. Latter con- 
ducted in it the first full-length talk- 
ing picture performances of Vita- 
phone, as well as pioneer shorts in 
that sound medium. 




Specialists for 25 years in the storage of 
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SAG Reported Turning Deaf 
Ear to Overtures of IMPPA 



West Coast Bateau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Petition of the In- 
dependent Motion Picture Producers 
Association asking the Screen Ac- 
tors Guild for concessions in the 
Guild Shop contracts for films cost- 
ing less than $30,000, and a cut in 
wage scales and revision of min- 
imum hours clause, will in all prob- 
ability be turned over to the SAG 
arbitration committee for further 
action. Committee is scheduled to 
meet today. It is reliably reported 
that the SAG board feels requests 
cannot be granted. 



"If I Were King" Sets 

Record at N. Y. Para. 



Ontario ITA Seeks Gov't 
Curb on 16 MM. Itinerants 



Toronto — Alarmed by the fact 
that the itinerant showmen with 
16 mm. films are cutting into the 
business of exhibitors in various 
parts of Ontario, the Independent 
Theaters' Ass'n of Ontario has ^le- 
gated a committee headed byK J. 
Scott, of Weston, to work for pro- 
vincial regulation. The ITA wants 
the 16 mm. exhibitors to be gov- 
erned by all the regulations now 
relating to the 35 mm. theaters. The 
ITA points out the 16 mm. exhibi- 
tions are often given in halls very 
subject to panic and fire hazards 
and that many such buildings are 
tax free and even were constructed 
partly through governmental grants. 



Playing to approximately 252,000 
admissions in three weeks, Para.'s 
"If I Were King" set a new attend- 
ance figure for that period at the 
New York Paramount where it is 
in its fourth and final week. "Men 
With Wings," Technicolor produc- 
tion, follows, opening on Oct. 26. 

"If I Were King" gave the Met- 
ropolitan Theater, Boston, the sec- 
ond biggest gross in the history of 
the house since going to a straight 
pix policy, Pai'a.'s home office said 
yesterday. "King" ran well above 
average biz at the Allyn, Hartford; 
Capitol, Worcester; Paramount, 
New Haven, and Paramount, Spring- 
field. 



St. Louis MPTO to Send 100 
to Oklahoma City Meeting 

St. Louis— MPTO of St. Louis, 
Eastern Missouri and Southern Il- 
linois will send a delegation of 100 
to the MPTOA convention opening 
in Oklahoma City on Oct. 30, it is 
announced by Fred Wehrenberg, 
prexy of the unit and MPTOA board 
chairman. Delegation probably will 
travel by special train. 



Goetz, Wood Sailing 

Ben Goetz, M-G-M British produc- 
tion chief, and Sam Wood, director, 
sail today on the Queen Mary for 
England. They plan to put "Good- 
bye, Mr. Chips" into work imme- 
diately upon their arrival. Picture 
to follow "Mr. Chips" at the British 
studios has been selected but Goetz 
yesterday declined to reveal its title. 



SAG and MCA Huddle 

on Radio Show Plans 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Screen Actors Guild 
execs, and officials of the Music 
Corporation of America have been 
discussing possibilities of a radio 
show with SAG talent, with pro- 
ceeds to be donated to the Motion 
Picture Relief Fund, it was learned 
yesterday. Music Corp. is handling 
negotiations for a backer, with sev- 
eral sponsors interested, it is said. 



Co-op Booking Question 

Again Before CEA, KRS 

London (By Cable) — Co-operative 
booking question is up again here, 
with the Films Council reported in- 
viting the views of both the CEA 
and KRS. Latter, of course, is op- 
posed. Amendment of the film act 
would be essential for the adoption 
of co-operative booking. 




The continued activity 
and increased interest 
and appreciation of 
English Production 
prompts this paper to 
incorporate in the 1939 
Film Year Book a com- 
plete English Section 
which will be of un- 
usual and vital interest 
to the industry here 
and abroad. 

THE FILM YEAR BOOK 
1501 Broadway New York City 

The 1939 edition now in preparation 



WARNER EXPLOITATION WINNER! 



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Wednesday, October 19, 1938 



ARGENTINA FIGHTS 
TAX, CENSORSHIP 



(Continued from Page 1) 

would have the authority to ban any 
picture which would tend to ridicule 
or otherwise prove injurious to Ar- 
gentina or its people. Board fur- 
ther would be empowered to oust 
the offending- organization from the 
country. 

The measure also would permit 
equipment and raw stock to enter 
the country without duty. 



Lund Rites Tentatively 

Arranged for Tomorrow 

(Continued from Page 1) 

will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in 
Campbell's Undertaking Parlors, 
1970 Broadway. 

Lund, who entered the film indus- 
try via Universal Pictures in 1925, 
died on Monday evening at the U. S. 
Veterans' Hospital in the Bronx, fol- 
lowing an illness of several weeks 
due to a spinal infection. 

Prior to joining Universal he was 
engaged in news feature and news- 
paper syndicate work. Later he 
joined Lord & Thomas, and subse- 
quently came to RKO Radio. For 
many years he was prominent in 
Ampa affairs and was secretary of 
the organization for one term. 

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. 
Ruth Lund; his parents; and three 
brothers two of whom reside in Erie, 
Pa., and one in New York. 



Expect Warners' "Sisters" 
to Stay 3 at N. Y. Strand 

Warners' "The Sisters" is expect- 
ed to stay three weeks at the New 
York Strand. Reports to the home 
office from the seven keys where it 
has opened yesterday said that the 
pix was topping grosses of "Four 
Daughters," "Green Lights" and 
"Jezebel."' 



"Wings" at N. Y. Para. 

Para.'s "Men With Wings" will 
follow "If I Were King" at the New 
York Paramount, opening Oct. 26. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAIH 
to the following on their birthday 

OCTOBER 18 

Roy del Ruth 

Marie Carolan 

Helene Turner 

Eddie Forman 
Ray Coffin 



4LCN6TliC = 




with I I II V4. DALY 



• • • ONE OF the Biggies of the season touted as THE big 

one on the RKO Radio lineup "Gunga Din" and so Barrel 

McCormick. the ad and pub chief lor the company. Hies to Hollywood 

today to look over the rushes and plan the advertising campaign 

right on the spot where the production is reaching the final shooting 
stages 

▼ TV 

• • 9 THIS MODERN technique of working close to the 
Big Picture before the final touches are added, shows how closely 
production and advertising are meshed. .. .Barret McCormick 

has been pursuing this policy for a couple of years or more 

speeding to the studio and sizing up the ad slants on the im- 
portant product every three months or so he will also give 

attention to a preliminary campaign on the new Astaire-Rogers 

picture based on the life of the Vernon Castles and the Leo 

McCarey production, "Love Affairs," with Irene Dunne and 

Charles Boyer as the glamorous-gallant combo Barret will 

be back in two weeks with these three campaigns all set for 

the home office to start the advertising and publicity flowing. .. . 

▼ T T 

• • • A FIELD Day for Walt Disney yesterday showing at 

a trade preview in the Astor Theater seven of the shorts that should 

shake the box-offices of the land we could comment on these 

at great length and with a riotous flow of adjectives but why 

should we for the li'l ole paper has already reviewed 'em 

they having been previewed on the Coast on the occasion of Mickey's 
birthday last month 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • THE TRADE is talking about that clever ad in yes- 
terday's paper conceived by the 20th Century-Fox alert ad 

minds dramatizing the story of the Jam Session at the Roxy 

as "Suez" came to Broadway Crowds, Crowds, Crowds 

played up from every angle in the lobby, on the block-long 

line four deep from Fiftieth Street, standing in back of the or- 
chestra Crowds and Dough a swell showman combina- 
tion the Dough was dramatized with Treasurer Frank Mul- 

doon carrying out the money bags guarded by a cop and an 

armored car with four guards with drawn revolvers depositing 
the first day's receipts (or part of 'em up to 2 o'clock) in the 
bank this is putting over a Showman Story with Sock ap- 
peal with pictures in the Modern Manner setting a new 

mode for all producers with a Smash Hit to follow 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • WINNERS of both the Motion Picture League pennant for 

1938 and the play-off trophy Consolidated Film Industry's baseball 

squad will be feted on Oct. 27 at Little Ferry, N. J. with a dinner and 

dance the team also captured the award for the outfit making 

the most runs during the season 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • ONE OF the highlights of the convention of Michigan 
Allied at Grand Rapids was the statement made by its presi- 
dent, Ray Branch in introducing William F. Rodgers of 

M-G-M among other things he said: "A man who is sincere 

and knows the problems confronting all of us desirous of 

bringing the two branches of this great industry together in close 

harmony" in this spirit of give-and-take, it begins to look an 

if the industry is starting to move ahead with a common pur- 
pose 



BRITISH LION'S HEAD 
TALKS DEAL RENEWAL 



(Continued from Page 1) 

years duration, expiring next July, 
in all probability will be re/ -yed 
at this time. Final details ty'' to 
be worked out with Herbert J. 
Yates Republic chieftain, and deal 
may include provision for use of Re- 
public players at the British studios, 
it was learned. 

Conferences between Yates and 
Smith started yesterday, with pro- 
duction details and budgets the 
princinal items discussed. 

Smith asserted that business in 
England has shown a marked im- 
provement recently, and most de- 
cided effect of the quota bill has 
been improvement in the duality of 
production. He expressed the opin- 
ion that it is extremely unlikely any 
American companies other than the 
majors would establish their own 
nro^uction facilities in England due 
to the expense involved. 

Conferences scheduled with N. L. 
Nath»nson, Famous Players Cana- 
dian head, will also take Smith to 
Canada. Associated with Regal and 
Empire Films, he is also active in 
the distribution field through these 
two organizations, and will work on 
a distribution deal with FPC. 

He expects to be here about four 
weeks, with his departure for Can- 
ada dependent on the length of the 
Republic conferences. Ralph I. 
Poucher, vice-president of Consoli- 
dated, and Morris Goodman, Republic 
vice-president in charge of foreign 
sales, were on hand to greet Smith 
when he stepped off the boat. 

J. C. Graham to Announce 
New Affiliation Shortly 

( Continued from Page 1) 

announce a new connection shortly, 
but not, however, before the lunch- 
eon planned in his honor on Nov. 8 
by the KRS and CEA, acting joint- 
ly. Luncheon, expected to draw all 
trade leaders, will be held at the 
Trocadero. 



"Edge" Stays for Sixth 

"Edge of the World," released by 
Pax Films, is being held over a 
sixth week at the 55th St. Play- 
house. 




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J. Carrol Naish has accepted the 
$20,000 job in "Union Pacific" which 
Charles Bickford refused rather than 
stand still while Akim Tamiroff snapped 
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"I Stand Accused" 

with Robert Cummings, Helen Mack, Lyle 

Talbot 

Republic 61 mins- 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

VERY GOOD GANGSTER STORY HAS 
PLENTY OF NEW ANGLES TO CATCH 
AND HOLD INTEREST. 

It's a racket story, told from a "mouth- 
piece's" point of view and it's very inter- 
esting. Associate producer and director, 
John Auer, has handled the piece in a 
highly suspenseful manner, there is plenty 
of action, and the trade that likes the 
gangster type of picture will find a lot of 
new angles in this number. Since there 
seems to be a large audience for a good 
picture of this kind, it should prove very 
successful financially. Robert Cummings 
heads the cast of capable players which 
includes Helen Mack, Lyle Talbot, Thomas 
Beck, Gordon Jones and Robert Middle- 
mass. Cummings is splendid as the young 
lawyer who becomes a hoodlum's mouth- 
piece so as to make big money. The 
character is one which requires forceful- 
ness and ruthlessness, yet it must have 
the human qualities which gain sympathy 
and understanding and Cummings gives 
it. Gordon Kahn contributed an intelligent 
well developed screenplay, and Alex Gott- 
lieb furnished the additional dialogue. The 
production is mounted in a way that shows 
off to good advantage. Robert Cummings 
and Thomas Beck, on graduating from 
law school, open a law partnership firm. 
Robert wants to make money and when 
some gangster business comes his way, he 
takes it, since there has not been any of 
the legitimate kind. He gets deeper and 
deeper into the rackets and becomes known 
as "The Kid Mouthpiece." Beck, his 
partner, is 100 per cent ethical and even 
though he knows he is bound to run into 
Robert, he leaves the partnership to join 
the district attorney's office. It is only 
when his family turn on him that Robert 
realizes how low he has sunk. Beck is 
prosecuting Lyle Talbot for murder, but is 
losing out since witnesses are afraid to 
testify. Instead of defending Talbot, Rob- 
ert turns state's evidence, winning the case 
for his friend and cleaning up the city. 

COST: Robert Cummings, Helen Mack, 
Lyle Talbot, Thomas Beck, Gordon Jones, 
Robert Paige, Leona Roberts, Robert Mid- 
dlemass, Thomas E. Jackson, John Hamil- 
ton, Howard Hickman, Harry Stubbs, Rob- 
ert Strange. 

CREDITS: Associate producer, John H. 
Auer; Director, John H. Auer; Manager, 
Al Wilson; Screenplay, Gordon Kahn; Ad- 
ditional Dialogue, Alex Gottlieb; Camera- 
man, Jack Marto; Supervising Editor, Mur- 
ray Seldeen; Editor, Ernest Nims; Art Di- 
rector, John Victor Mackay; Musical Di- 
rector, Cy Feuer. 

DIRECTION, Corking. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Very Good. 



WB "North" in Montreal 

Warners has set the world pre- 
miere of "Heart of the North" for 
Montreal in late November. 



"Meet the Girls" 

with June Lang, Lynn Bari, Robert Allen, 

Ruth Donnelly 
20th -Fox 66 Mins. 

SHALLOW STORY AND INEPT DIA- 
LOGUE HANDICAP CAPABLE CAST OF 
THIS MYSTERY-FARCE. 

Despite their personal charm and ability, 
June Lang and Lynn Bari are unable to 
overcome the weighty handicap of a story 
weak in situation and interest. Addition- 
ally, the dialogue is unbelievably flat. Not 
only are these central players victimized by 
these flaws, over which they have no con- 
trol, but likewise the other cast members. 
The result is an aimless and dull produc- 
tion. The shallow story recounts the ad- 
ventures of the Lang Bari combo on ship 
board, after the latter has lost the passage 
money which would have taken them back 
to 'Frisco from Honolulu where they have 
been stranded. There is much ado about 
a diamond, its theft, disposition and fate, 
with the girls being suspected and ac- 
cused. Much of the goings-on are sup- 
posed to be comedy or drama, and, be- 
times, satire, but the line of demarcation 
is never clear. What most of it is can best 
be described as boring. Some successful 
films have been made on ocean liners, but 
in such instances the ingredients, ail the 
way from the story to the final operation 
of cutting, have been handled with suf- 
ficient skill to overcome the monotony 
provided by shipboard quarters as settings, 
which is not the case with "Meet the 
Girls." 

CAST: June Lang, Lynn Bari, Robert 
Allen, Ruth Donnelly, Gene Lockhart, Erik 
Rhodes, Wally Vernon, Constantine Roman- 
off, Jack Norton, Emmett Vogan, Paul 
■McVey, Harlan Briggs. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Howard J. 
Green; Director, Eugene Forde; Screenplay, 
Marguerite Roberts; Cameraman, Edward 
Snyder; Art Director, Bernard Herzbrun, 
Haldane Douglas; Editor, Fred Allen; Sound, 
George P. Costello, William H. Anderson. 

DIRECTION, Fair . PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Okay. 



Robert Cobe to Manage 

GN Exchange in Boston 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Harry Asher to GN's division man- 
agership. He has been in the dis- 
tribution field for the last 20 years 
in the Middle West, Boston and New 
Haven. 

Succeeding Cobe in New Haven 
for Republic is George Rabinowitz. 



Rosa Reilly Rites Held 

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa 
Reilly, Eastern editorial correspon- 
dent of Popular Photography and 
wife of William J. Reilly, advertis- 
ing manager of Cine Mundial, were 
held yesterday at the Universal 
Funeral Chapel, 52nd St. and Lex- 
ington Ave. Mrs. Reilly's death 
occurred Monday at Beth David Hos- 
pital, following a short illness from 
pneumonia. Besides her husband, 
Mrs. Reilly leaves a son, Michael. 



"Touchdown Army" 

with John Howard, Mary Carlisle, Robert 

Cummings 

Paramount 60 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

WEST POINT FOOTBALL STORY 
PACKS THRILLS AND SUSPENSE. 

This story of life at West Point has 
been given excellent production. The high- 
light of the story is the thrilling army 
football game, which has a most favorable 
ending. Kurt Neumann has supplied skill- 
ful direction, while Edward T. Lowe rates 
many bows as associate producer. John 
Howard, Robert Cummings and Mary 
Carlisle do splendid work as the leads, 
while Owen Davis, Jr., Minor Watson, 
Benny Baker, William Frawley and Raymond 
Hatton are among the important principals 
who give capable performances. Lloyd 
Corrigan and Erwin Gelsey wrote an inter- 
esting original story and screenplay. Cum- 
mings is a wise-cracking, cocky football 
player who seems determined to break ah 
the rules at West Point, and Howard who 
is from the South, is his chief rival for 
the affections of Mary Carlisle, daughter 
of Minor Watson, a Major at West Point. 
The Academy has an excellent effect on 
Cummings, and when he believes Mary had 
given him all the answers for the French 
quiz, which he surprises with ease, he 
voluntarily appears before the Academy 
officials and his privileges are taken from 
him. The big Army-Navy game opens in 
New York and Cummings is cleared by 
Mary. He is rushed by airplane to the 
contest, and when Howard runs the wrong 
way with the ball, Cummings lets out a 
"rebel" yell, which brings Howard to his 
senses. Howard tosses a left pass to Cum- 
mings, who, in turn, laterals it to another 
Army player, who goes for the running 
touchdown. 

CAST: John Howard, Mary Carlisle, Rob- 
ert Cummings, William Frawley, Owen 
Davis, Jr., Benny Baker, Minor Watson, 
Raymond Hatton. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Edward 
T. Lowe; Director, Kurt Neumann; Au- 
thors, Lloyd Corrigan and Erwin Gelsey; 
Screenplay, same; Cameraman, Victor Mil- 
ner; Editor, Arthur Schmidt; Musical Di- 
rector, Boris Morros. 

DIRECTION, Skillful. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Columbia U. to Start 

Film Extension Course 



Fourteen speakers, including Hal 
Hode, Columbia exec, and Harrison 
Forman, newsreel cameraman and 
technical consultant on "Lost Hori- 
zon," will assist in conducting Co- 
lumbia University's "Motion Pic- 
ture Parade, 2nd series," an exten- 
sion course held on Wednesday 
nights for 20 consecutive weeks, 
starting tonight, it was announced 
yesterday. Norman Alley and John 
Craig, cameramen, and a number 
of novelists and critics have also 
been selected as speakers. A num- 
ber of select motion pictures will 
be shown in conjunction with the 
sessions, which are scheduled for 
the McMillan Academic Theater. 



"Prairie Moon" 

with Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, 
Shirley Deane, Tommy Ryan 

Republic 5jCyftns. 

PLENTY OF ACTION IN THIS WEST- 
ERN WITH AUTRY AGAIN DELIVERING 
STRONGLY. 

Gene Autry, exponent of song, and his 
sidekick, Smiley Burnette, exponent of 
mirth, are provided with a good cast and 
an entertaining story, making this new 
Republic release pleasing screenfare. How- 
ever, all is not song and laughter; there is 
plenty of hard riding and action thrown 
n for good measure. The selection of 
Shirley Deane as the leading lady is a 
happy one as Miss Deane is both highly 
decorative and able. Tommy Ryan, young 
Republic white hope in the children's 
screen derby for box-office attractions, 
proves to be an able young actor. Ralph 
Staub does a good directing job and the 
Betty Burnbridge-Stanley Roberts screen- 
play has plenty of movement. Autry, a 
deputy sheriff, agrees to take care of the 
children of an old friend who is shot by 
the police as a wanted racketeer. He de- 
tails Burnette to go to Chicago to round 
up the kids and they turn out to be an 
ornery crew, not the least bit impressed 
with cowboys and ranch life. Despite the 
fact that they dislike Autry because he 
tries to make them law abiding, and sends 
them to school, they finally appreciate him 
as a guardian when they get in a jam. 

CAST: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, 
Shirley Deane, Tommy Ryan, Walter Tet- 
ley, David Gorcey, Stanley Andrews, Wil- 
liam Pawley, Warner Richmond, Raphael 
Bennett, Tom London, Bud Osborne, Jack 
Rockwell, Peter Potter. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Harry 
Grey; Director, Ralph Staub; Original 
Screenplay, Betty Burbridge and Stanley 
Roberts; Editor, Lester Orlebeck; Camera- 
man, William Nobles. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 

Good. 

Canadian Film Business 

is Showing Marked Gain 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ahead of the corresponding period 
last year, with virtually all circuits 
in the Dominion, as well as indie 
outlets, committed to Warner re- 
leases, he declared. 

While general quality of product, 
he said, is responsible for the pre- 
vailing boom for all distributing 
companies in the Canadian territory, 
the Motion Pictures' Greatest Year 
campaign is helping exhibition in- 
terests to flag the public more effec- 
tively. 

"Valley of the Giants" and "Four 
Daughters" have scored heavily, 
with the former accorded particular 
favor because of its theme, action 
and story setting. 

Cohen leaves New York today for 
St. John and will then go to Mon- 
treal before returning to Toronto 
headquarters. 




Announcing 

the 

1939 

YEAR BOOK 

of 

MOTION PICTURES 

21 st edition 
. . . .larger and more 

practical than ever 
. . . the Standard 

Book of Reference 

of the Motion 

Picture Industry 
Published by 

Film Daily and 

ready for distribution 

shortly after the 

first of the year. 



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Wednesday, October 19, 1938 



TELEVISION PROBLEMS 
BEFORE SMPE MEETING 



{Continued from Page 1) 

of RCA who will demonstrate "Some 
Television Problems from the Mo- 
tion Picture Standpoint." 

Total of 30 technical papers and 
presentations is carded for the con- 
vention. Dr. Herbert T. Kalmus, 
prexy of Technicolor, will present 
"Technicolor Adventures in Cinema- 
land," while papers on sound-record- 
ing and reproduction, studio lighting', 
theater practice, film processing and 
various other phases of motion pic- 
ture engineering will be read. 

Results of the mail balloting for 
new officers will be announced at 
the opening session on Oct. 31. 
Scheduled for election are: 

E. A. Williford, president; N. 
Levinson, executive vice-president; 
A. S. Dickinson, financial vice-pres- 
ident; J. I. Crabtree, editorial vice- 
president; W. C. Kunzmann, conven- 
tion vice-president: J. Frank, Jr., 
Secretary; L. W. Davee, treasurer. 

Two members of the Board of 
Governors will be named. The nomi- 
nees embrace M. C. Batsel, G. Friedl, 
Jr., A. N. Goldsmith and H. G. 
Tasker. 

Informal luncheon on the opening 
day will have as speakers Mayor R. 
W. Reading of Detroit, Jamison 
Handv, Jam Handy prexy: George 
W. Trendle. president of United 
Detroit Theaters and Dr. C. F. Ket- 
tering of General Motors. 

A session on Sound is scheduled 
for Monday afternoon and a film 
program for Monday night. Gen- 
eral session is announced for Tues- 
day morning, to be followed by a 
laboratory session in the afternoon 
and the semi-annual banauet at 
night. SMPE Progress Medal and 
Journal Award will be presented at 
the latter. Wednesday morning's 
program calls for a studio-lighting- 
theater session; in the afternoon, a 
general session closes the conven- 
tion. 



Canadian Trade Leaders 

Attend Pasternak Dinner 

Toronto — Joe Pasternak, director, 
who visited Toronto while en route 
from Hollywood to New York, was 
tendered a dinner at the Royal York 
Hotel. Guests included, in addition 
to Mayor Ralph C. Day, Col. John 
A. Cooper, head of Motion Picture 
Dist. & Exhib. of Canada, who pre- 
sided; J. J. Fitzgibbons, R. Bolstead, 
C. Robson, M. Stein, all of Famous 
Players' Canadian; Paul Nathanson, 
A. W. Perry, A. J. Laurie, Sam 
Brint, J. Palansky and Ben Plottel, 
all of Empire-Universal Films; Hon. 
J. Earl Lawson; E. T. Long and R. 
Main of Associated Theaters; N. A. 
Taylor and R. Auerbach, of Exhibi- 
tors' Booking Ass'n; H. Alle, J. 
Allen and G. Allen of Premier The- 
aters; J. Miles and S. Weiner, of 
Winnipeg; and S. Fine and S. 
Bloom of Bloom & Fine Theaters, 



British to Show Pix at 1\. Y. World's Fair 

London (By Cable) — The British Government will include a motion picture theater 
in its United Kingdom Pavilion at the New York 1939 World's Fair. Co-operation of the 
film trade will be sought to ensure a proper selection of British pictures 'to be pre- 
sented at the theater during six months of the Fair. Both documentaries and features 
will be screened for representative audiences, and not for the general run of Fair visitors. 
Move is in accordance with a plan to encourage distribution of British films overseas. 



Take Schenck Deposition 
in Loew Suit Next Week 



(Continued from Page 1) 

pects to complete the taking of 
depositions of directors next week. 

Testimony of David Warfield is 
scheduled to be heard next Monday. 
Nicholas M. Schenck is slated to be 
a witness on Tuesday or Wednesday, 
and he is to be followed by Leopold 
Friedman, David Bernstein and 
Jesse Mills. 

Testimony of Charles C. Mosko- 
witz, head of theater operations, 
was heard yesterday at Ellis' office. 



Teleview Circuit Plans 

6 Coast Newsreel Houses 



(Continued from Page 1) 
Teleview Theater Corp. headed by 
Arthur Klein plans to have in opera- 
tion by next summer, will open Oct. 
29. Sites have already been secured 
in San Francisco and San Diego. 
The theater seats 350 and will show 
newsreels and short subjects. Seats 
are push back type, invented by 
Allan Hale. 



Additional Display Space 
Provided for MPTOA Meet 



Oklahoma City— The main dis- 
play booth section for the MPTOA 
convention here has been completed 
with only one of 25 booths remain- 
ing unreserved. So many additional 
requests are on file that Morris 
Loewenstein, convention chairman, 
is setting up an additional display 
space for eight booths to be ad- 
jacent to the original 25 in the con- 
vention headquarters at the Bilt- 
more Hotel. 

The convention committee has es- 
tablished a rule that all booths 
must be erected and installations 
completed on Saturday night pre- 
ceding the opening of the conven- 
tion. 

List of reservations to date are 
as follows: National Screen Service, 
three booths; International Seating 
Corp.. two booths; National Theater 
Supply Co., two booths; Nap-ads, 
one booth: RCA. two booths; Amer- 
ican Desk Co., one booth; Magic Eye 
Co.. one booth: Motiograph, two 
booths; Burch Manufacturing- Co., 
one booth; Kroehler Manufacturing 
Co.. one booth; Salem China Co., one 
booth; Tad Screen Advertising, one 
booth; Betz Air Conditioning 1 Co., 
one booth; Tex-Lite Co., one booth; 
American Seating Co., one booth; 
Wagner Sign Service, two booths; 
and Oklahoma Theater Supply Co., 
one booth. 



Rocky Mt. Exhibitors Ask 
Greater Cancellation Right 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ganization at the New York trade 
practice parleys. Gilmour arrives 
in New York Sunday and probably 
will be accompanied by Ed Schulte, 
prominent exhibitor of Casper, Wyo. 
The meeting here yesterday was a 
closed session but it was said that 
the cancellation issue would be one 
of the major issues to be sought. 
It was also said that members went 
on record as being opposed to the 
Ascap seat charge and the alleged 
forcing of shorts. Exhibitors pres- 
ent said they favored a plan where- 
by purchase of shorts would be lim- 
ited to time available for them. 



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Federal Court Hears 
Writ Plea in Trust Case 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Henry Golding represented the de- 
fendants. 

Golding asked for leave to strike 
various declarations from the com- 
plaint. 

Y. Frank Freeman, Paramount 
theater chief, who was here yester- 
day for conferences presumably in 
connection with the suit, left for 
New York last night. 



Expect Decision This Week 
In "Birth of Baby" Case 

Albany — Decision by Supreme 
Court Judge Pierce Russell is ex- 
pected late this week on a motion 
for jury and court determination on 
the merits of the film, "Birth of a 
Baby.' Judge Russell reserved de- 
cision on Sept. 16 on the certiorari 
plea of Ellis Staley, counsel for Sam 
Citron and the American Committee 
on Maternal Welfare. 

Opponents of motion picture cen- 
sorship believe their biggest vic- 
tory to date will have been obtained 
if a decision upholding the Staley 
motion is forthcoming. Trials by 
jury, they think, will result in a 
general relaxation of the Educa- 
tion Department's censorship over 
films. 



Saphier Names GN Branch 
Managers in Seattle, Portland 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Morris Saphier, 
Western district manager for Grand 
National, yesterday announced the 
appointment of two new branch 
managers on the West Coast. Lloyd 
V. Lamb was named branch man- 
ager in Seattle and G. E. Jackson in 
Portland. They succeed K. L. Brinn 
who has been managing both North- 
west branches. 



TRADE HARMONY AIM 
OF TODAY'S PARLEYS 



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regional units are slated tentatively 
for Monday and it is believed/ jfcat 
the distributors will meet with • m 
collectively. Leo Wolcott, of Allied 
Theaters of Iowa, already is here. 

An Allied group held a brief con- 
ference with the distributors' com- 
mittee yesterday to formulate plans 
for procedure at today's meeting. 
At the same time, the MPTOA ex- 
ecutive committee completed the 
preparation of its formal requests, 
so that both organizations this 
morning are poised to participate 
in what is considered one of the 
most important negotiations in the 
history of the business. 

Although Allied's directors are 
scheduled to convene in Atlantic City 
tomorrow at the Eastern Regional 
Conference, indications are that 
they will be held in New York, in- 
asmuch as it is doubtful that their 
discussions with the distributors can 
be completed in one day. It is pos- 
sible that they will return to New 
York after the Atlantic City con- 
vention to resume and complete 
the meetings. 

Leaders of both organizations 
yesterday declined to predict dffi- 
cially the outcome of the trade prac- 
tice conferences, but all appeared to 
be hopeful and optimistic. There 
was a feeling of certainty that defi- 
nite adjustments would result. 

At a press conference yesterday 
in the office of W. F. Rodgers, dis- 
tributor committee members asked 
the trade press to co-operate with 
all groups concerned by not print- 
ing rumors and speculative stories. 
Official statements will be released 
daily during the conferences so that 
the trade can be kept informed of 
the progress made. 

Participation by Warner Bros, in 
the sessions appeared to be cause 
for added optimism among exhibi- 
tors. Warners previously had been 
non-committal as to their entrance 
into the discussions, but with the 
presence of Sales Manager Sears on 
the negotiating committee 100 px. 
co-operation by the majors is as- 
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Drive Sends B. 0. Returns 
Up 10 to 25% in Atlanta 

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the boom in biz in their territories. 
Among those reporting definite 
benefits were John Harris of Pitts- 
burgh, Elmer Rhoden, Fox Midwest 
Theaters; A. H. Blank, Des Moines; 
Rick Ricketson, Fox Intermountain; 
Fred Wehrenberg, St. Louis; S. J. 
Switow, Louisville; John Danz, Seat- 
tle, and C. E. Koerner, Boston. 

Said Rhoden: "Even in situations 
where, because of bad business, it 
has done nothing else, it has at least 
turned the tide of unfavorable pub- 
lic opinion, an achievement of the 
utmost value." 



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NEW YORK, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20. 1938 



TEN CENTS 



Mcr/ors' Counsels Again See Arnold on Trust Action 

'DEFINlfTPROGRESS" attrade reformjarleys 

Score Charges Condemned at Allied Eastern Meeting 



Ulied Board Meets Today at 

A. C. Sessions; New Jersey 

To Elect Officers 

By W. H. McMAHON 

FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Atlantic City— Forcing of score 
harges by distributors was con- 
emned and definite action against 
i his practice was contemplated at 
he opening session of the annual 
onvention of Allied Theaters of 
s T e\v Jersey and eastern regional 
mits. The New York Allied unit 
s holding its first convention in as- 
ociation with the others. 

Members yesterday declared that 

(Continued on Page 4) 



MEET TODAY ON U. S. 
COPYRIGHT STATUS 



Redraft of the provisions of the 
Berne Convention to define and make 
effective the international copyright 
status of U. S. interests, including 
the motion picture industry, will re- 
ceive further impetus today in the 
Low Memorial Library, Columbia 
University, where, in Room 311, 
representatives of writers, compos- 
ers, broadcasters, artists and affili- 
ated crafts and organizations will 
meet at 2:30 p.m. 

Film industry delegates will be 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Moon Admits He May Start 
New Booking Organization 

Reports that Ray Moon, who re- 
cently withdrew from Co-operative 
Theaters of Michigan, may start a 
booking organization of his own are 

(Continued on Page 9) 



19 for Mono, by '39 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — With 10 pix finished and 
nine more set to start before Jan. 1, 
advent of 1939 will find Monogram 
with only 23 features to make to ful- 
fill its announced 42-film schedule for 
1938-39. 



Horrors vs. Horrors 

Detroit — Horrific competition is on 
tap here, with the Adams Theater offer- 
ing "King Kong" and "The Choul" on 
a dual bill as opposition to "Dracula" 
and "Frankenstein," held over at the 
Palms-State. 



HIGH COURT REHEARS 
GTPC PATENT SUIT 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Rehearing of the 
suit brought by General Talking 
Pictures Corp., Schlesinger - con - 
trolled, against Western Electric 
and Erpi will continue in the U. S. 
Supreme Court at noon today. 

With the Department of Justice 
suddenly intervening as a friend of 
the court to "assert and protect the 
public interest," an extraordinary 
step, the rehearing on a writ of 
certiorari started late yesterday 
and, after 15 minutes argument, was 
adjourned until today. 

Appearing for the Schlesinger 

(Continued on Page 10) 



Gulick to Leave Drive 

Post, Rejoin Newsom Co. 

Paul Gulick, co-ordinator of Mo- 
tion Pictures' Greatest Year cam- 
paign, will resign from the post, 
effective Nov. 1 to return to his du- 

(Continued on Page 10) 



MPTOA Negotiators Continue Talks With Distrib. 

Representatives Today, Allied to Resume 

Discussions Tomorrow 

"Definite progress" towards the establishment of a fair trade 
practice program was made yesterday at discussions held, indi- 
vidually, by MPTOA and Allied representatives with distribu- 
tors' negotiating committees, it was stated last night by W. F. 

Rodgers, spokesman for the 
distributors. 

Subjects discussed with the Allied 
committee included block - booking, 
allocation changes, designated play- 
dates, clearance and zoning and other 
topics, but no definite decisions were 
reached. Allied's board today will 
meet in Atlantic City, where the 
organization's Eastern regional meet- 
ing is in conference, and negotia- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

SEPT, ADMISHTAXES 
UP OVER $250,000 



MAJORS, AFM HUDDLE 
ON MORE EMPLOYMENT 



Meeting between the heads of the 
major companies and the American 
Federation of Musicians to discuss 
plans for increasing the employment 
of musicians in theaters will get un- 
der way this morning at 10 o'clock 
in the office of Pat Casey, producers' 
labor representative. 

Presidents of the major companies 
will huddle with Joseph N. Weber, 
AFM prexy, and the entire AFM 
executive board. Weber stated yes- 
terday that he had no concrete pro- 

(Continv.ed on Page 9) 



20-100 Additional Patrons 
In Biz Drive Means Profit 



Exhibitors, to benefit from the in- 
dustry's drive, need only attract as 
few as 20-100 additional patrons, ac- 
cording to the size of the house at 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Talk Procedure, Not Consent Decree, 
as Arnold and Majors* Counsels Meet 



B & K Trust Suit "Strike Out" 
Plea Under Advisement 



Chicago — Judge Wilkerson yester- 
day took under advisement at the 
conclusion of the second day's hear- 
ing of arguments by Fred Burnham 
for the distributors and Robert Gold- 
ing for B & K to strike out specific 

(Continued on Page 10) 



By PRESCOTT DENNETT 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — As representatives 
of the two major exhibitor organi- 
zations and of the distributors met 
in New York yesterday to discuss 
trade practice reforms, counsel for 
the defendants in the Government's 
equity suit assembled here for a 
second conference with Assistant U. 

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Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — September admis- 
sion tax collections soared more 
than $250,000 over the August figure, 
the U. S. Bureau of Internal Reve- 
nue reported yesterday. 

Totals for September were $1,- 
668,827.04, and for August, $1,425,- 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Tom Spry, UA's Boston 

Branch Manager, Quits 

Resignation of Tom Spry as UA 
branch head in Boston was disclosed 
in New York yesterday. Successor 
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'Peter Pan 9 to Disney 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Walt Disney, according 
to an announcement here yesterday, 
has acquired the rights to "Peter Pan," 
which property he will make into a 
full-length feature cartoon in color. 

It is also persistently reported here 
that Disney is considering production 
of a screen fantasy based upon "Don 
Quixote." 



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Ralph Lund Rites Today 

Funeral services for Ralph Lund, 
RKO Radio advertising staff mem- 
ber, will be held this morning at 
11 o'clock in Campbell's Undertak- 
ing Parlors, 1970 Broadway, it was 
definitely announced yesterday. 



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SECURITY 



Poll Regional Chairmen on Drive Extension 

Regional chairmen of "Motion Pictures' Greatest Year" are being polled on the 

advisability of continuing the industry drive and Movie Quiz contest beyond Dec. 31. 

Letters were dispatched yesterday by Harold B. Franklin, business manager, at the be- 
hest of George J. Schaefer, executive chairman. 

Decision to make the canvass results from opposition in some territories to the 
proposed extension. Final decision will be reached at a meeting of the campaign 
committee at the Hotel Astor Oct. 25. 



Equity to Proceed Against Hicks Plans Late December 
Agents Who Ask Big Fees Return from Great Britain 

Drastic action will be instituted 
by Actors Equity in the near future 
against agents charging actors ex- 
orbitant fees and against actors 
who deal with unlicensed agents, it 
was forecast yesterday by Arthur 
Byron, AEA prexy. At the same 
time, it was pointed out by informed 
sources that this move would be 
watched closely by SAG, and in all 
probability would be followed. 

Committee reports have been 
given to Byron that contain a com- 
plete study of the situation, and it 
is expected that AEA will draft a 
penalty code to deal with agents 
and actors. Present request of 
agents that actors receiving up to 
$75 weekly in a play he charged five 
per cent commission, and actors re- 
ceiving over that be charged 10 per 
cent, would be voted down unani- 
mously by AEA membership, it was 
said. 



Alternates Named by ITOA 
To Serve at Trade Parleys 

The ITOA yesterday appointed 
two alternates to its negotiating 
group which will represent the or- 
ganization at the trade practice con- 
ferences with the distributors. Leon 
Rosenblatt and Julius Charno were 
named to act as alternates for Leo 
Brecher and Lawrence Bolognino 
who will act for the ITOA at the 
sessions. 

A resolution urging the support 
of Governor Lehman for re-election 
was passed at a meeting yesterday. 
Harry Brandt, president, said that 
Lehman deserved the support of the 
picture people because he had been 
a friend of the industry. 

S. L. Kleine & Co. was named as 
accountants for the association. 



Weeks Sets RKO Deal 

George W. Weeks, Monogram 
sales manager, announces that a 
circuit deal with RKO has been 
concluded, covering first-run presen- 
tations of Monogram's 1938-39 line- 
up. The contract covers the New 
York Metropolitan circuit as well 
as out-of-town situations. Fred 
Meyers represented RKO in the 
negotiations. Boris Karloff in "Mr. 
Wong, Detective" is the first pix to 
be shown under the terms of the 
deal and is expected to be dated 
shortly. 



Omaha Pay Cut Rescinded 

Omaha — Projectionists' 10 per 
cent cut, taken last June, has been 
rescinded. 



John W. Hicks, head of Para- 
mount's foreign department, returns 
from England during the Christmas 
holidays. He is now filling the post 
of managing director for the United 
Kingdom until a successor to John 
Cecil Graham is named. Whether 
Hicks will return to England after 
the holidays or announce a new man- 
aging director before that time is 
not known. 

Reports from London quote Hicks 
as saying that Paramount had am- 
bitious plans for theater expansion 
in England, declaring that the com- 
pany would either build houses or 
acquire them. 

Paramount's British production 
plans call for quality product with 
a world market in view. Some of 
the pictures will be in line with the 
two-for-one or three-for-one quota 
quality clauses. However, good 
product from independent sources 
will not be excluded. 



Promoted Pittsburgh Trio 
Will Be Feted On Monday 

Pittsburgh — A three-in-one testi- 
monial dinner will be given in the 
William Penn Hotel here on Mon- 
day, in honor of Clarence Eiseman, 
who has just been appointed man- 
ager of the New York exchange for 
United Artists, Jules Lapidus, who 
has been promoted to Middle Atlan- 
tic district manager for Grand Na- 
tional, and Paul Krumenacker, who 
has been promoted to manager of 
the Albany branch for Warner-First 
National. Jake Soltz is chairman 
of the committee in charge. 



Monogram to Contribute 

to "Family" Pix Series 



Monogram will contribute "The 
Murphy Family" to the family pix 
series, continuing the characters in- 
troduced in Frankie Darro's 
"Wanted by the Police." Second will 
be "Tough Kid," which goes into 
work Nov. 1 with Howard Brether- 
ton directing. 



ITOA and Building Service 
Local Sign 10- Year Pact 

Contract running ten years' dura- 
tion has been signed by the ITOA 
and Local 54, building service em- 
ployes union, it was announced yes- 
terday by the theater organization. 
Contract covers wage scales, working 
conditions and vacations, it was said. 



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HARRY M. WARNER, president of Wai! 
Brothers, will leave New York tomorrow or ! 
urday for the Coast, following a week's 
here. 

SAMUEL GOLDWYN is scheduled t 
the Coast today. 

RAY MOON and H. M. RICHEY are ii 
from Detroit. 

JAY EMANUEL, trade paper publisher, 
in town yesterday from Philadelphia. 

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR., leaves Hollyw 
tomorrow for New York and London. He 
remain here for 10 days. 

ROBERT MINTZ, film producer, returned 
New York yesterday, following a short stay 
Chicago. 

MARY PICKFORD was in Washington vest 
day. 

MILTON POLLACK, of the Warner ho 
office contract department, left last night 
Cleveland to take over his new post in 1 
booking department of the exchange 

HERBERT MARSHALL is stopping at 
Sherry Netherland. 

JEAN GALE, actress, has left for the Coi 
after a New York vacation. 

EDWARD AARON, assistant to William 
Rodgers at M-G-M, is on a two weeks' to 
of Southern branches. 

J. J. MALONEY, M-G-M district manager 
Cleveland, sails on the Conte di Savoia on Oi 
22 for five weeks in France and England. 



"Voice" of "Snow White" 
Sues Disney for $200,00! 

Suit against Walt Disney Produc 
tions, Ltd., and RCA Manufacturin 
Co. for $200,000 was filed yesterda 
in the N. Y. Supreme Court b 
Adrian Caselotti. Miss Caselotti cor 
tends that she was the voice fo 
Snow White in "Snow White and th 
Seven Dwarfs" and her contrac 
called for her vocal services in th 
picture only and that it was to b 
reproduced in no other medium. Sb 
claims that several million record: 
were made and sold from the origina 
film sound track. 

Harry Stockwell, who contends h< 
played the "Prince" in the same filn 
also filed suit for $100,000. 



Indies-SAG Confab Oct. 26 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — At the request of at 
torneys for independent producers 
the hearing to be held before the 
arbitration board to consider th{ 
working agreement sought by in 
dependent producers with the Screen 
Actors Guild has been postponed 
until Oct. 26. 



Acquires 16 MM. Rights 

In a deal closed with J. E. Wil- 
liamson, Commonwealth Pictures 
Corp., acquired exclusive 16 mm. 
world distribution rights for "Be- 
neath the Sea." 



Weingarten House Ready 

Miami Beach, Fla. — Nov. 1 open- 
ing is set for the Cameo Theater, 
first in a circuit being built by ' 
Herman Weingarten. 



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Some people are allergic to charts. They 
get dizzy just from watching. 




We're very fond of charts, especially 
those with the zig-zag lines going UP! 

Right now, what with car loadings, big- 
ger button-holes, second helpings and 
all those other business indices it looks 
like prosperity is coming out from 
around that corner 

As we go to press, newspaper dispatches 
published nationally tell of a sharp 
business upturn, a gain in momentum 
that is bringing about the greatest 
second half expansion in ten years! 

M-G-M prepared for it months ago, is 
ready for it this Fall and Winter as 
never before in its history ! 

Stars and stories and manpower and 
resources ! Big productions ! 

Our release schedule from August to 
New Year's is geared in anticipation oi 
what is happening in America ! 

Geared for 'A" times with 'A" pictures! 

Your future is very rosy, Mr. Exhibitor. 

***** 

ROLLING ALONG! 

"Boys Town" continues big everywhere. 
"Thanks for telling us to hold it extra 
days," writes R. L. Kehr, Nebraska ex- 
hibitor, and that's typical of hundreds 
of accounts. "Too Hot To Handle" 
hold-overs are mounting too. It's a smart 
policy to keep your playing time ready 
for M-G-M hold-overs. "Stablemates" is 
another soul-satisfying hit ! 

• * • • * 

DR. KILDARFs TONIC! 

Flash! As we go to press. Good medicine 
is "YoungDr. Kildare" in Norfolk, Read- 
ing, Memphis. M-G-M 's new series (with 
Dr. Lew Ayres) is off to a healthy start. 



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A NEW NOTE IN 
FAN MAGAZINE 
ADVERTISING! 




The column reproduced to 
the right will be read by your 
patrons. 

Leo, who has been telling you 
about his M-G-M affairs these 
many years through the trade 
press, now appears also in 
all fan magazine ads with a personal column 
addressed to the fans. Leo's happy to talk to 
this nationwide audience and he believes he's 
going to help you sell additional tickets. Some- 
thing new all the time from that frisky Lion! 
***** 

"White-haired boy" 

LEW 
AYRES 
GOING 
UP! 

The mailman 
at the studio 
is as good a 
barometer of 
public interest 
as anything 
we can name. He's carrying a lot of letters to 
handsome young Lew Ayres these days. Lew did 
a sincere job in "Holiday," followed with an 
engaging performance in "Rich Man — Poor 
Girl." Then the ticket-buyers started a Lew 
Ayres boom! M-G-M likes to build stars for 
the public that worships them, so Lew Ayres 
is- going up. When you see "Young Dr. Kildare" 
you'll know he is UP! 

WEALTH OF TALENT! 

The announcement of 
"A NewYork Cinderella" 
with Spencer Tracy and 
Hedy Lamarr in the lead- 
ing roles is evoking plenty 
of trade interest. No per- 
sonality within recent 
years has sky-rocketed 
to such fame in so short 
a time. The magazines cry for her photos. 
Interviewers besiege her. "Screen find of the 
year" said Motion Picture Daily. And Holly- 
wood Reporter states: "She is destined to 
reach great heights. She has more sex, more 
rare beauty than the screen has seen for many 
days, and with it definite artistry. Hedy Lamarr 
will be a sensation." Add another bright name, 
gentlemen, to your list of M-G-M's golden stars ! 





With everybody writing a col- 
umn, I don't see why I should 
not take a crack at it myself. 

• * • 
My idea is to tell you about 
some of the Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer pictures and personali- 
ties. And folks, I 've got the in- 
side dope on everything that 
goes on in the world's greatest 
studio. 




The late Will Rogers said all he 
knew was "what he read in the 
papers." All I know is what I 
see on the screen (and what my 
spies at the studio report to me) . 

* * * 

You've read all about "The 
Citadel" in our advertisement 
this month. It's made of the 
sterner stuff. Merrier, gayer, 
is "Sweethearts", which, with 
appropriate fanfare, brings us 
once again that thrush-throated 
pair, Jeanette McDonald and 
Nelson Eddy 

• * * 
"Sweethearts" is their first 
tnodern musical. Modern as the 
dialogue by Dorothy Parker (the 
"glad girl") and Alan Campbell. 





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Hunt Stromberg, who produced 
"Naughty Marietta", "Rose 
Marie" and "May time", and 
Director W. S. Van Dyke II, 
are the sweethearts who give 
us "Sweethearts" — and it's all 
in beautiful Technicolor. 



And if you want to hear more 
about pictures, write for my 
little book, "The Screen Fore- 
, ^7— — =i cast," M-G-M 
"l&tJjA I Studios, Culver 
^SfefcU® City, Cal. It's free! 



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***** 

"CITADEL" TRADE 
SHOWS! 

Until you see it with your own eyes you 
won't really know. And when you do 
see it you'll never stop talking about it. 
Nationwide screenings this week at 
strategic points of M-G-M's magnificent 
drama "The Citadel". We'll publish your 
comments on this page if you'll write us 
what you thought. 



***** 
We acknowledge with gratitude and 
appreciation receipt this week of Box- 
Office Magazine's Blue Ribbon of merit. 

"Boys Town" won the award for the 
^gti&fefe best family film. 

Produced by the company 
with the best film family. 

You guessed it, the 
Hardys ! 



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Thursday, October 20, 19: 



SCORE CHARGES HIT 
AT ALLIED MEETING 



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seat royalties collected by Ascap 
should be sufficient to pay for mu- 
sic in pictures. It was said that 
Ascap taxes the producers for the 
sound tracks and the producers 
were passing the tax on to the ex- 
hibitors. 

The regional directors' meeting, 
scheduled for yesterday, was post- 
poned until today owing to the pres- 
ence of a majority of the board at 
the trade practice parleys in New 
York. Abram F. Myers, general 
counsel and chairman of the board, 
is slated to deliver his address today. 

The New Jersey and New York 
units, meeting in joint session, went 
on record as opposing the Movie 
Quiz contest and the industry's ad 
drive. Members expressed the opin- 
ion that the venture had not at- 
tracted sufficient public interest to 
make the enterprise worth while. 
Similar opinions were voiced by 
delegates from Maryland, Pennsyl- 
vania and New England. 

Forcing of short subjects was 
scored by the convention despite the 
reading of a letter written by W. F. 
Rodgers, M-G-M sales head, who 
declared that this company did not 
resort to such methods in selling 
pictures. However, several exhibi- 
tors claimed they had been obliged 
to buy shorts from Metro since the 
letter was written. 

New Jersey Allied will elect of- 
ficers today. A nominating commit- 
tee consisting of Louis Gold, J. 
Unger, Dave Snapper and Lee New- 
berry was named. 

Irving Dollinger, New Jersey 
president, and Max Cohen, head of 
the New York unit, are presiding 
jointly. More than 400 persons at- 
tended the opening session yester- 
day. 



Union to Elect Nov. 20 

New Haven — Local No. 273, mo- 
tion picture operators, will elect of- 
ficers on Nov. 20 in Trade Council 
Hall. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 20 
Russell Holman 
Charley Chase 
James Hood McFarland 
Marian Nixon 
Evelyn Brent 
Purnell Pratt 



ALONG THE 




with PHIL A4. DALY 



• • • JAMBOREE in Gay Paree for a bunch oi deserving 

film lads who have been very good at their home work and so they 
are being rewarded they are the nine M-G-M sales and distribu- 
tion execs, who won the Loew's international billing contest they 

arrive in New York tomorrow morn and Saturday they sail on the 

Conte di Savoia for the one-week World Jamboree of the Loew represen- 
tatives in that city of oo-la-la and f emmes charmant the shindig 

starts on Oct. 31. ... : .and then seven dizzy and delightful daze for all 
hands. .... .representatives of eleven foreign countries will attend 

T T T 

• • • THE AMERICAN party consists of two district man- 
agers and seven branch managers the district chiefs are 

Charles E. Kessnich, Atlanta John J. Maloney, Pittsburgh 

branch managers include Burtus Bishop, Pittsburgh 

Walter E. Banford, Chicago William B. Zoellner, Oklahoma 

City J. Frank Willingham, Memphis Maurice D. Saffle, 

Salt Lake City William H. Workman, Minneapolis 

Leroy A. Bickel, Dallas 



• • • WHAT A time has been scheduled for these lucky fellows 

they sail via Gibraltar, making a stop at Naples then a 

day and night at Cannes to swish around with the cream of the world's 

dilettantes and then ah that place called Paris 

after that, return by way of London there to be entertained for 

five days by Sam Eckman, Jr., distributor of Metro product in Great 
Britain .... and that trip is gonna be hard for the boys to take, wot? 

T T ▼ 

• • • AT LAST the AMP A gets going again. with the 

first luncheon of the season at the Hotel Astor on Thursday, Oct. 

27 a vote of the membership has resulted in decision on a 

policy combining entertainment and instructive speeches at the 

meetings the Board of Directors plans a big show for tlxe 

gala opening, "to be followed at successive meetings by a closed 
business session and an informative talk by a headline person- 
ality" (we quote the announcement verbatim) a deal 

has been made with the Hotel Astor for its own club room which 
will constitute permanent headquarters something the or- 
ganization has been working toward for years the meeting- 
room will be open at all times for the use of members bar 

service, luncheon and dinner, masseurs, and numerous other 

facilities available for members Murray Silverstone will be 

the guest of honor 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • TOPICAL speaker at the Herald Tribune Forum at the 
opening session next Tuesday at the Waldorf-Astoria will be Will Hays 

who will speak on the topic, "Keeping the Mind of the Nation 

Young" showing the part the motion picture plays in this work. 

T ▼ T 

• • • WORLD PREMIERE of Warners' "Brother Rat" at 

Lexington, Va., tonite before an audience of officers and 

cadets of Virginia Military Institute, of whose undergraduate 

life the story treats Priscilla Lane, co-star, will be guest of 

honor at a reception after the performance WABC will put 

on a radio program from three cities in honor of the premiere. . . 

• Jean H. Lenauer, director of the Filmarte Theater, will be 
guest of honor at the New York University lecture course on mo- 
tion pictures tonite he will discuss the experimental cinema. 



"DEFINITE PROGRESS, 
TRADE REFORM REPOR 



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(Continued from Page 1) 
tions with the distributors will 
resumed tomorrow at the Columb 
University Club. 

What was described as "enrfij^ra: 
ing progress" resulted froni tl 
MPTOA sessions at the Union Leagi 
Club where an all-day comprehei 
sive discussion of trade matters ws 
in progress. Decisions were ni 
reached, it was said, but the repn 
sentatives felt that they were close 
to a solution. 

Representing the distributors 
the Allied meeting were W. F. Roc 
gers, M-G-M general sales manage] 
Abe Montague, Columbia sales hea< 
and Gradwell Sears, general sale 
manager for Warner Bros. Allied 
group consisted of H. A. Cole, A 
Steffes, Sid Samuelson, Ray Brand 
Nathan Yamins and Herman Blum. 

Sitting with the MPTOA commit 
tee were Sidney R. Kent, president o 
20th Century-Fox, and Ned Depinel 
RKO vice-president. MPTOA's com 
mittee included Lewen Pizor, Arthu: 
Lockwood, Oscar Lam, H. V. Harvey 
C. E. Williams, Ed Kuykendall am 
Ed Levy. Mack Jackson and M. C 
Moore attended as observers. This 
committee of distributors and exhibi 
tors will resume their discussions 
today. 



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Tom Spry, UA's Boston 

Branch Manager, Quits 

(Continued from Page 1) 

is expected to be named shortly by 
Harry L. Gold, company's Eastern 
sales manager. 

Plans of Spry, oldest sales exec 
in New England from the point of 
service, are unannounced. Spry, 
subsequent to joining UA more than 
a year ago, was New England chief 
for Warners. 

UA vacancy in Pittsburgh created 
by the promotion of Clarence Eise- 
man to the New York branch man- 
agership is expected to be filled by 
Abe Weiner, Boston district UA 
salesman. Appointment, however, 
has not been officially announced. 



Lachnit Heads Branch 

Cincinnati — L. L. Lachnit is new 
branch manager for Big Features' 
Rights Indianapolis office, succeed- 
ing A. H. Kaufman, who has joined 
Universal. 



WEDDING BELLS 



Marriage of Michael Raymond, 
screen writer, and Theresa Wein- 
garten will take place Sunday, Oct. 
30, at the Concourse Center of Is- 
rael. 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Pasadena — Suzanne Vidor, daugh- 
ter of King Vidor, will marry Earl 
Van Orman Armstrong. 



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> ft REVIEWS Of THE DEW flLIHS ft ft 



"Inside Story" 

with Michael Whalen and Jean Rogers 
20th Century-Fox 60 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 
z^VING REPORTERS" SERIES PIX 
MArvES SATISFACTORY PROGRAM EN- 
TERTAINMENT. 

When Michael Whalen, the Roving Re- 
porter, writes a column about the loneliest 
man wanting to meet the loneliest girl, he 
does meet the girl and he also finds him- 
self on the trail of a murder story. The 
piece makes satisfactory program entertain- 
ment. Jerry Cady's screenplay develops 
Ben Ames Williams' story in an interesting 
suspenseful fashion, and Ricardo Cortez, 
in his first directorial assignment, gives the 
affair a good moving tempo. He handles 
his players nicely, and through Chick Chan- 
dler, who plays the newspaper photogra- 
pher, gets a laugh every now and then. 
The cast, Michael Whalen, Jean Rogers, 
Chick Chandler, Douglas Fowley, Jane Dar- 
well, June Gale, Spencer Charters and 
Theodore Von Eltz, performs capably. Miss 
Rogers' new headdress shows her good 
looks off to better advantage than ever be- 
fore. Howard J. Green supervised the pic- 
ture as associate producer. Michael Whalen, 
while drunk, wrote a column about the 
loneliest man wanting to meet the loneli- 
est girl. Jean Rogers, a clip joint artist, 
sees her boss, Douglas Fowley, kill a man. 
She enters the loneliest girl contest so as 
to win a trip to the country so that she 
can hide out. The holiday is to be in 
the company of Whalen. Fowley traces 
her, and while Whalen is away from the 
farm house, forces Jean to return to the 
city wtih him. Whalen hunts her up and 
with her aid gets the evidence which con- 
victs Fowley. He realizes that Jean is 
really a good girl who has just gotten off 
the narrow course, that he loves her and 
she him. 

CAST: Michael Whalen, Jean Rogers, 
Chick Chandler, Douglas Fowley, John King, 
Jane Darwell, June Gale, Spencer Charters, 
Theodore Von Eltz, Cliff Clark, Charles D. 
Brown, Charles Lamb, Jan Duggan, Louise 
Carter, Bert Roach. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Howard J. 
Green; Director, Ricardo Cortez; Author, 
Ben Ames Williams; Screenplay, Jerry 
Cady; Cameraman, Virgil Miller; Art Di- 
rectors, Bernard Herzbrun and Albert Hog- 
sett; Editors, Jack Murray and Norman 
Colbert; Musical Director, Samuel Kaylin. 

DIRECTION, Good. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Only 25 Unwired Houses 

Now Remaining in Peru 

Lima (By Cable)— Peru's 205 film 
theaters, with the exception of 25 
in remote sections of the provinces, 
are now wired for sound, checkup 
shows. Majority of houses have U. 
S. sound equipment. 



"Men of Ireland" In Chi. 

Chicago — Deal has been closed by 
J. H. Hoffberg with Sonotone to 
open "Men of Ireland" here on an 
extended run basis on Nov. 17. 



"Broadway 
Musketeers" 

with Margaret Lindsay, Ann Sheridan, 

John Litel 

Warners 62 Mins. 

EMOTIONAL MELLER OF AN ERRING 
WIFE SHOULD SATISFY THE POP TRADE. 

This emotional melodrama has been 
aimed at the pop trade and will no doubt 
find good reception in the smaller houses, 
but lacks the class and appeal for the in- 
telligent audiences. The musketeers are 
the three girls, Margaret Lindsay, Ann 
Sheridan and Marie Wilson, who have 
grown up from childhood keeping in touch 
with one another, although their paths 
are now widely separated. Margaret has 
married John Lite! and has a baby. Ann 
is a nite club warbler. Marie is an office 
secretary. The married girl is flighty, and 
forms an association with a gambler (Rich- 
ard Bond) whom she meets in the night 
club where Ann Sheridan works. An auto- 
mobile accident discloses to the husband 
that she has been cheating, and he divorces 
her, taking custody of the baby. The erring 
divorcee marries the gambler, and sinks 
down and down until finally tragedy catches 
up to her. The racketeers are after the 
gambler, close in and threaten the life of 
the baby whom they have captured as 
hostage, and then the erring wife sacri- 
fices herself to save the child. It is all 
very lurid and overacted and overdrawn. 
The one redeeming feature is that the 
principals in the cast are so much better 
than the story. Margaret Lindsay makes 
her part fairly believable. Ann Sheridan, 
who marries the wronged husband after he 
gets rid of his wife, is charming and han- 
dles her part with fine restraint. John 
Litel lends dignity to his meller role. The 
film gets all mixed up between trying to 
depict a story of mother love and a wife's 
dereliction, and a gangster yarn filled with 
gun play and cop chases. It just doesn't 
add up. 

CAST: Margaret Lindsay, Ann Sheridan, 
Marie Wilson, John Litel, Janet Chapman, 
Dick Pureed, Richard Bond, Anthony Aver- 
ill, Horace MacMahon, Dewey Robinson, 
Dorothy Adams, James Conlon, Jan Holm. 

CREDITS: Director, John Farrow; Au- 
thors, Don Ryan, Kenneth Garnet; Screen- 
play, Same; Cameraman, L. Wm. O'Con- 
nell. 

DIRECTION, Fair. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 

Public Memorial Services 
Tomorrow for S. H. Borisky 

Chattanooga, Tenn. — Public me- 
morial services for Samuel H. Bo- 
risky, vice-prexy of Independent 
Theaters, Inc., whose death occurred 
in Baltimore, will be held at the 
Julius and Bertha Ochs Memorial 
Temple tomorrow night. 



* fOREIGfl * 




"Rothschild" 

with Harry Baur, Pasquali, Pauley 
Regal Pictures 80 Mins. 

INEPTLY COMPOSED FILM HAS HAR- 
RY BAUR AS ONE SAVING GRACE. 

This new French film will not find any 
great favor with American audiences as it 
falls below the standard set by recent pic- 
tures from that country. The able and 
brilliant Harry Baur struggles through a 
part that does not fit him, and his perform- 
ance is the best feature of the film. A 
satiric story in essence, the treatment is 
static and heavy. Proper handling of the 
story and the deft direction of a man with 
the ability of Rene Clair might have made 
the film a success. Baur is supported by 
an able cast. The story is the same story 
that Arliss did a few years ago under the 
title of "Mr. Hobo." It tells of the capi- 
talization of a pair of bums on a name. 
Baur happens to have the same name as 
the illustrious banking family, and he works 
his way into high financial circles. The 
usual complications and results ensue. 

CAST: Harry Baur, Pasquali, Pauley, 
Casedessus, Claudie Cleves, Germaine 
Michel, Phillipe Herlat, Georges Paulais, 
Jean d'Yd. 

CREDITS: Produced by Productions Es- 
calmel; Director, Marco De Gastayne; 
Screenplay, Jean Guitton and E. R. Escal- 
mel. Presented at the Belmont Theater 
with French dialogue and English titles. 

DIRECTION, Poor. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Oklahoma to Dedicate 

Rogers Memorial Nov. 4 

Oklahoma City — Numerous film 
industry representatives, including 
Hollywood stars, have been invited 
to attend the dedication of Okla- 
homa's memorial to Will Rogers at 
Claremore, Nov. 4, it is announced 
here by the Will Rogers Memorial 
Commission. 

Eddie Cantor, George M. Cohan, 
Fred Stone and Irvin S. Cobb will 
speak on a nation-wide program to 
be aired over NBC from the dedica- 
tion ceremony grounds. Cantor will 
be cut in from Los Angeles and 
Cohan from Pittsburgh. John Boles 
will sing at the dedication. 

Dedication ceremonies will be cov- 
ered by the newsreels which may 
also film a 25-episode Will Rogers 
Indian Pageant set for the after- 
noon and evening of Nov. 4. 



Universal 



'Red Barry" 
(A Serial) 

Avg. Chapter 
20 mins. 



MP Associates to Meet 

Motion Picture Associates will 
hold their next luncheon and busi- 
ness meeting at the Hotel Astor on 
Nov. 3, it was announced yesterday. 



Burns Pix Above Average 

Para.'s "The Arkansas Traveler," 
Bob Burns starring vehicle, in its 
first four key city engagements is 
running from 30 to 66 per cent 
above average weekly business, the 
company home office reported. 



Well Geared for Pop Trade 

Serial fans, to whom super-heroics 
are balm to the heart, will doubtless 
journey to pix houses regularly to 
see whether Buster Crabbe can 
emerge victor from his grapplings 
with wily foes, domestic and Asiatic. 
Since plausibility is an unwanted in- 
gredient in the modern serial re- 
cipe, its total absence will be an 
anticipated factor. And so it is in 
this knock-'em-down, drag-'em-out 
international romantic - detective 
opus. Judging from the first three 
chapters, the daring detective Crabbe 
can _ survive almost any debacle 
within the imaginings of the screen- 
play's authors, Norman Hall and 
Ray Trampe. So actionful is the 
yarn that considerable credit must 
be given at even this premature 
stage to Ford Beebe and Alan 
James, both of whom must be on 
the hop every minute to keep track 
of the various bands of crooks who 
are seeking to waylay the several 
millions in negotiable bonds being 
allocated by the Chinese Govern- 
ment to buy U. S. aircraft. Crafty 
Russians, Eurasians and American 
cliques are arrayed against Buster 
Crabbe and his evident sweetie, 
Mississippi, a comely newspaper gal 
whose Deep-South accent is a relief 
after the dialogue in the American 
language purporting to be the ac- 
cents of Far Eastern folk. When 
the bonds are smuggled overseas by 
a trusted Oriental agent, Wing Fu, 
the action speeds up and finds 
Crabbe, whose job is in jeopardy, 
due to the favoring of a British de- 
tective to handle the case with the 
backing of the police commissioner. 
After escaping from an avalanche 
of coal on the waterfront, and, in 
the same setting, from a net which 
one is led to believe carries the hero 
to his doom, Crabbe lives on, only 
to fall through a trap door among 
a cage full of lions in a theater 
basement. 

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ITOA Says Fidler "Biased" 

ITOA, in the current issue of The 
Independent, house organ, opens 
fire on Jimmy Fidler, charging the 
radio commentator and newspaper 
columnist with "bias" and "poor 
reporting" and asks that "editors 
edit his copy in exactly the same 
manner they edit the balance of 
their papers." 



Fire in Chi. Theater 

Chicago — Fire yesterday damaged, 
the Haymarket theater. 



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WAYNE MORRIS 



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RONALD REAGAN • JANE WYMAN ■ HENRY O'NEILL 
Directed by WILLIAM KEIGHLEY - 

Screen Play by Richard Macaulay and Jerry Wald • From the Play by 
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DAILY 



Thursday, October 20, 193 I 



SEPT. ADMISH TAXES 
UP OVER $250,000 



(Continued from Page 1) 

062.88. The corresponding' Septem- 
ber, 1937, figure was $1,722,468.14, 
representing- a comparative drop 
this year of $53,641.10. 

Comparative September figures 
for the Broadway area or Third N. 
Y. District are: 1938, $337,366.31; 
1937, $407,698.67. 



1TOA Raises Extending Playing Time Issue 

1TOA, which will sit in with other regionals at the trade reform parleys next 
Monday, looks to action on extended playing time. New York exhib. organization's 
position is outlined in the current Independent, which says, "The distributor should 
either cancel out the contract in the subsequent runs, or adjust the rental price on 
those pictures held for extended runs." 



U. S. Concession Demands 
Held Trade Pact Barrier 



Lambs' Party Tonight 

The Lambs' Club will hold its 
first Seidel Night of the season to- 
night with Fred Stone presiding as 
Seidel Master. Arthur Byron, Frank 
Craven, Sam H. Harris, Max Gor- 
don, Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman, 
Brock Pemberton and John Golden 
will occupy seats of honor. 



Borserine Rites Held 

Kansas City, Mo. — -Funeral ser- 
vices were held for Mrs. June Bor- 
serine, 21, wife of Gerald L. Bor- 
serine, Yellow Cab Co. exec, and 
daughter of Claude Morris, exploi- 
tation manager attached to the lo- 
cal M-G-M exchange, who died in 
St. Mary's hospital. Burial was in 
Calvary cemetery. 



London (By Cable) — Accounts 
published yesterday in two news- 
papers here, the News Chronicle and 
the Daily Mail, disclose that new 
difficulties have arisen in the nego- 
tiations for a British-American trade 
agreement, of which films form an 
integral part. 

The Daily Mail declared that par- 
leys have reached "a delicate stage" 
because the U. S. has demanded 
larger concessions respecting Brit- 
ish duties on several commodities. 
Optimism, says the Daily Mail, is 
not nearly as prevalent in the U. K. 
as in the U. S. with respect to nego- 
tiations being successful, to which 
the News Chronicle adds that it is 
questionable whether there will be 
any trade treaty at all. 

The U. S.-British pact is regarded 
by American producer-distributor 
interests as the sole channel through 
which they might receive modifica- 
tion of the Films Bill (Quota Act), 
several provisions of which are 
looked upon as oppressive by U. S. 
companies. 




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HOLLYWOOD 
ROOSEVELT HOTEL 

"Home of the Stars" 

Convenient to motion picture 
broadcasting studios 

Rates from $3.50 Single 



and 



HOLLYWOOD 
PLAZA HOTEL 

"Aviation Headquarters" 

Featuring "IT" Cafe, Hollywood's 
Swankest Night Spot. 

Rates from $3.00 Single 



IN LOS ANGELES 
HOTEL MAYFAIR 

"In the Heart of the City" 

Free Garage Adjoining Hotel 
Transients. 

Rates from $2.50 Single 



for 



IN FRESNO 
HOTEL CALI FORM IAN 

Completely Air Conditioned through- 
out the year. 

Rates from $2.50 Single 



IN SACRAMENTO 
HOTEL SENATOR 

Overlooking the famous Capitol Park 
Rates from $3.00 Single 



HULL HOTELS — STARRING IN HOSPITALITY AND SERVICE 



W. Va. Territory Exfoibs. 

Tender Dunbar Dinner 



Pittsburgh — West Virginia terri- 
tory exhibs. gave a testimonial din- 
ner at the Lucky Star Inn in Union- 
town for Robert Dunbar, who was 
recently promoted from W. Va. 
salesman to assistant manager and 
city salesman for the Warner-First 
National exchange here. George 
Purcell, of the Penstate Amusement 
Co., in Uniontown, and Jack Mapel, 
of the Barneys Theater, Point Mar- 
ion, were co-chairmen in charge of 
the affair, which was attended by 
54 exhibitors who presented Dunbar 
with a portable bar. j 

Maurice Kinder, of the Warner- 
First National foreign department, 
succeeds Dunbar as West Virginia 
salesman for Warners in this terri- 
tory. 



20-100 MORE patron: 

MEANS DRIVE PR0FI1 



1 



Injunction to be Asked 

in Action Over 12 Pix 



Complaint is to be filed in Su- 
preme Court today by attorneys for 
.Superior Talking Pictures and 
Stage and Screen' Attractions al- 
leging that Principal Film Ex- 
changes, Inc., has failed to properly 
account and report the bookings and 
receipts of 12 pictures delivered to 
Principal by the two companies. 

Sam Krellberg, head of the ex- 
change, was served with a summons 
yesterday by Oliphant and Lerman, 
counsel for the plaintiffs. 

In the complaint to be filed today, 
it will be asked that a receiver be 
appointed, and an injunction be 
granted to restrain Principal from 
releasing 1 the pictures delivered by 
the plaintiffs. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

lowest admission price, to see th 
minimum 25 Movie Quiz pix. 

Chart to back ut> that cont**^tio 
by the campaign headquartev n ' e .va 
issued yesterday by Harold I 
Franklin, business manager. 

Based on an estimate of from 2 
to 100 patrons attracted to theater 
with 300 to 1,000 seating capacity 
and with prices ranging from 15 t 
35 cents, the chart Droves that ad 
ditional receipts will rise from $7. 
to $875, computed on the assump 
tion that the patron will see only 2! 
of the 94 quiz pictures. 

On the other hand, pledge fees ii 
the same theaters would only rui 
from $30 to $100 tops, indicating 
that additional receipts would cove: 
pledge fees and the cost of acces 
sories, and leave a substantia 
profit. 

"We believe," Franklin said, "tha', 
our estimate is a modest one. Nc 
exhibitor who displays any sort oj 
showmanship in connection with th( 
campaign, can fail to attract 20 peo- 
nle to become patrons in connec- 
tion with ouiz pictures. If he has 
attracted that many, or more, he 
can rest assured that the drive has 
cost him nothing, and brought him 
incalculable gain." 



Strengthen Detroit GN 

Detroit — GN branch here is 
strengthening its staff. Already 
added are Jack Allender. who will 
cover Western Michigan, leaving W 
R. Sturgess to handle the Eastern 
half of the state, and Marjorie 
Sloan as contract clerk. New city 
salesman and new inspectress also 
will be engaged. Sebia North re- 
places Grace Hoffman as office man- 
ager and booker. 



Storm-Wrecked Providence 
Theater Reopens Oct. 27 



Providence — The Strand Theater 
will reopen on Oct. 27. The recent 
flood and hurricane necessitated ex- 
tensive repairs with the total cost 
over $60,000. The theater has been 
completely remodeled. The house is 
operated by Archie Silverman and 
managed by Eddie Reeding. 



Bon Voyage for Banford 

Chicago — Walter E. Banford, 
Metro's exchange manager here, 
was tendered a bon voyage dinner 
at the Congress Hotel yesterday by 
film execs. Banford sails on the 
Conte di Sayoia from New York 
Saturday for a month's stay abroad 
as a result of the recent interna-: 
tional billings contest. 



Premiere Deferred 

World premiere at the Continen- 
tal Theater of "The Singing Black- 
smith," new Yiddish film starring 
Moishe Oysher, has been postponed 
to Nov. 1. 



Reynolds Janney Dead 

Chillicothe, O. — Reynolds Janney, 
80, father of Russell Janney, New 
York theatrical producer and grand- 
father of William Janney, of the 
films is dead at his home here. 



H. J. Geiselman Dead 

Loudonville, O. — Hugh J. Geisel- 
man, 53, for many years manager of 
the opera house here, is dead. Geis- 
elman also at one time operated the 
poster plant here. His brother sur- 
vives. 



Sax Adds Milt Francis 

Milt Francis, writer and com- 
poser, has been added to the pro- 
duction staff of Warner Bros. Vita- 
phone Studios, in Brooklyn, Sam 
Sax, said yesterday. 



Thursday, October 20, 1938 



3* 



DAILY 



MEET TODAY ON U. S. 
COPYRIGHT STATUS 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Edwin P. Kilroy, chairman of the 
MPPDA copyright committee; Rob- 
ert W. Perkins, chairman of the Hays 
off .law committee and chief coun- 
sel ^or Warner Brothers; and Gab- 
riel L. Hess, general counsel for 
MPPDA. 

Meeting is the second called this 
year to iron out the intricate prob- 
lems of American copyrights in the 
foreign field, the initial conclave 
having been held on July 7, last, at 
which session it was decided that all 
interested parties should submit and 
exchange views on copyright re- 
form. 

Sources close to today's proceed- 
ings declared the stake of filmland 
in the international copyright ad- 
justment program to be great, and 
involving many millions of dollars 
in prospective losses until the sit- 
uation is ironed out. 

An ' example of what difficulties 
American film interests are facing 
in several foreign countries is cited 
in the instance of 20th-Fox, to 
which, it is said, a proposal was 
submitted by a producing group in 
Holland asking that rights be ac- 
corded to it to make "Daddy Long 
Legs." When 20th-Fox refused, the 
Holland group went ahead making 
the story allegedly on the premise 
that the existing copyright law did 
not preclude such a step. Twentieth- 
Fox is reported as now ready to 
press legal action in Amsterdam on 
the ground that a reciprocal copy- 
right relations pact exists between 
the governments of the Netherlands 
and the U. S. 

This pact, it is indicated, will be 
evoked by 20th-Fox, if necessary, 
through the State Department, and 
the latter's good offices sought for a 
definition as to whether the agree- 
ment is in force or not. 

Recently, a Holland publishing 
firm issued its own edition of Mar- 
garet Mitchell's "Gone With the 
Wind." Courts in that country are 
said to have regarded the violation 
lightly, ruling that what constitutes 
| publication in the U. S. does not 
[necessarily constitute publication in 
[Holland. This case, it is contended, 
[should have been contested on the 
[copyright relations pact basis. At 
[present, it is pointed out, Holland 
[studios could make a version of 
["Gone With the Wind" regardless 
[of the fact that world production 
[rights are held exclusively by Selz- 
Inick International. 

Ascap, well informed sources 
[state, is faced with problems equally 
[as serious as the film industry with 
[respect to the international copy- 
| right set-up at present, as are au- 
[thors and publishers of literary 
[properties, and broadcasting inter- 
Jests. 

E. C. Mills, chairman of the ex- 
ecutive committee of Ascap, de- 
clared yesterday that his organiza- 
tion and the film industry are think- 
ing along identical lines re interna- 
jtional copyright reform, and that 
(he and John G. Paine, general man- 



SHORT SHOTS fROfll EflSTCRH STUDIOS 



By SID WEISS 



]\TOW It Can Be Told: Jack Henley, 
Warner scribbler, was a war ace 
during the World War and brought 
down more than a few planes. . . . 
Two days before the Armistice he 
himself was brought down in a crash 
and laid up for 14 months. . . .Ever 
since he's been more afraid of flying 
than the Cubs were of the Yanks 
and swore he'd never go up again. . . 
The other day, his fiancee, Marjorie 
Ford, opened in "Blossom Time" in 
Pittsburgh and in order to make the 
opening Jack was forced to book 
passage on a plane. . . .With the 
aid of two of his friends (Hague 
and Hague) he boarded the plane. . . 
Lloyd French handed him something 
to read on the flight and 2,000 feet 
up in the air Henley started to read 
it. . . .It was his horoscope for that 
day and it read: "Avoid traveling 
this day. It's dangerous!" 
* * * 

More Eastern production. . . .Oscar 
Serlin is plotting picture production 
in the East as soon as he gets two 
plays out of his system. . . .Another 
newcomer to the Eastern fold will 
be I. E. Lopert who distributed 
"Mayerling" and "Edge of the World" 
among others. . . .Lopert will make 
French dialogue pictures. . . 

sjc $ % 

On and off the sets. . .Bill Howard 
has seen Jim Barton's "Mad Dog" 
routine so often he can do it almost 
as well as the latter. . . .Which only 
serves to recall the gag about the 
violinist who had pawned his in- 
strument so often that the pawn- 
broker could play it better than he 
could. . . .Joan Barret, stand-in for 
Aline MacMahon, has been seen 
around local hot spots as a warbler. 
. . .A bill collector cornered Eddie 
Forman the other ayem and asked 
him if he remembered him. . . . 
"Listen," cracked Eddie, "I never 
forget a face — but in this case I'm 
willing to make an exception". . . . 
Donald King, seen in the Grouch 
Club shorts, looks enough like Val- 
entino to be his brother. . . . 

Production notes. . . .Roy Mack 
starts a musical with Johnny Perkins 
and the Gae Foster girls on the 19th. 
. . .On the 25th he will do another 
with the Harvest Moon Dancers. . . . 
Joe Henabery follows with a Gib- 
bons' adventure yarn and Lloyd 



ager, together with Herman Finkle- 
stein, of the law firm of Schwartz 
& Frohlich, will attend today's meet- 
ing at Columbia University. 

Should the Berne Convention pro- 
visions remain chaotic and unre- 
cognized as to both their letter and 
spirit, copyright relations pacts 
would have to be generally effectu- 
ated. This may still have to be 
done to make the future position of 
U. S. interests a tenable one, it is 
declared. 

Meeting at Columbia University 
today will again be under the aus- 
pices of the American National 
Committee on International Intel- 
lectual Co-operation. 



French is getting ready for another 
of the Grouch Club series. . . .Milton 
Schwarzwald starts casting the last 
week in November for five shorts. . . 



Add interesting personalities:. . . 
David Mendoza, musical director at 
the Vitaphone studios for the past 
seven years. . . .Was at the Burbank 
plant for a year and a half and nine 
years with the Capitol Theater. . . . 
Has scored music for such produc- 
tions as "The Big Parade," "Ben 
Hur," "Merry Widow," "Dancing 
Daughters,' and "White Shadows" 
which was M-G-M's first sound pic- 
ture. . . .He was responsible for the 
innovation of beat light for scoring 
after the pix is completed and nine 
years ago addressed the SMPE on 
acoustical values and the necessity 
for live reverberant stages. . . .At 
that time the engineers were using 
deadening properteis such as cele- 
tex, rock wool, etc. . . .He was an air 
pioneer with the late Roxy and was 
probably the first violinist to solo 
on the radio. . . .At any rate, he 
was actually the first to organize a 
studio orchestra for regular weekly 
periods. . . .Is modest and unassum- 
ing to a fault and probably writes 
more original music regularly than 
most of the composers in the field. 
. . .P..S:. . .And what a bridge play- 



MAJORS, AFM HUDDLE 
ON MORE EMPLOYMENT 



(.Continued from Page 1) 

gram to propose, but that the AFM 
had a number of ideas to present for 
consideration, and he felt certain that 
the film company heads would have 
ideas along these lines, and would co- 
operate in every way possible. 

When asked about the new move 
made by the Music Hall to inaugu- 
rate a six-day week for musicians 
with seven days' pay, he stated that 
this program has already been 
adopted in a number of large cities 
and would, it was hoped, be put into 
effect generally sometime in the 
near future. 



Moon Admits He May Start 
New Booking Organization 

(Continued from Page 1) 

not entirely without foundation, 
Moon admitted in New York yester- 
day. Moon and H. M. Richey, who 
also formerly was with Co-operative, 
are here in connection with several 
other deals with which they may be- 
come associated. 

Moon said that a new booking 
association was being considered but 
no definite steps had been taken to- 
wards its formation. 



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Thursday, October 20, 1938 



HIGH COURT REHEARS 
GTPC PATENT SUIT 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Corporation, Samuel D. Darby, Jr., 
opened the verbal arguments by out- 
lining the issues involved and re- 
viewing the contentions. The high 
court, Darby asserted, must settle 
these two questions: 

1. "Can the owner of a patent, 
by means thereof, restrict the 
use made of a device manufac- 
tured under the patent, after 
the device has passed into the 
hands of a purchaser in the or- 
dinary channels of trade, and 
full consideration paid there- 
for?" 

2. "Can a patent owner, by 
means of the patent, merely by a 
'license notice' attached to a de- 
vice made under the patent and 
sold in the ordinary channels 
of trade by the patentee or by 
his licensee to make and sell, 
place an enforceable restriction 
upon the purchaser thereof as 
to the use to which the pur- 
chaser may put the device?'' 
Darby argued that the respond- 
ent's contention that the patent 
owner does have these rights is in 
error and submitted that the Su- 
preme Court was in error in up- 
holding the respondent's conten- 
tions. 

After Justice Stone had phrased 
a long and complicated question on 
the patent restrictions, Chief Jus- 
tice Hughes interrupted to say that 
counsel could answer today and ad- 
journed court. 

Darby is expected to have 45 
minutes more time for further argu- 
ment today, after which Merreil E. 
Clark and Henry B. Ashton will ap- 
pear for WE and Erpi. GTP is also 
represented by Ephraim Berliner. 

Supreme Court yesterday was 
scheduled to hear the S. H. Pittman 
vs. Texas Consolidated Theaters 
case, but counsel agreed merely to 
submit briefs without argument. 

Gulick to Leave Drive 

Post, Rejoin Newsom Co. 

(Continued from Page 1) 
ties with the Earl Newsom Co., pub- 
lic relations counsels, it was an- 
nounced yesterday. 

Harold B. Franklin, business man- 
ager for the campaign, will be in 
charge of the headquarters upon 
Gulick's withdrawal, it was stated. 
It was also announced that, although 
the present staff will be cut, the of- 
fices in Radio City will be main- 
tained. Al Selig returns to campaign 
headquarters on Monday to work 
on publicity and exploitation after 
some time spent in the field. 

George J. Schaefer, chairman of 
the general committee, and Howard 
Dietz, chairman of the executive 
publicity committee, yesterday 
praised the work Gulick had done. 



reviews of urn nuns 



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"The Farmyard Symphony" 

(Technicolor) 

Disney-RKO 8 mins. 

Colorful and Humorous 

"The Farmyard Symphony" is 
opera brought down to the Barn- 
yard. The action depicts a day in 
the lives of the farm, the chickens, 
sheep, goats, ducks, pigs, cows, etc. 
The rooster is king. He starts the 
day by waking them all with his 
crowing. Then each group of ani- 
mals seeks breakfast after its own 
taste. Music takes the place of 
dialogue and the whole short ends 
dramatically with a full-chorused 
rendition of an aria from "Romeo 
and Juliet." Color and humor pre- 
dominate throughout. It is opera 
as the farm animals would present 
it. 



Change Corporate Name 

Albany — Corporate name of C. 
King Charney, Inc., has been changed 
to AGFA Raw Film Corp. 



"Think It Over" 

(Crime Does Not Pay) 

M-G-M 20 mins. 

Prize Thriller 

This clever series keeps getting 
better, if that is possible. The 
arson racket is covered in this one. 
A most engrossing and gripping 
story from actual facts, showing 
how the arson ring gets merchants 
in their power and makes them 
criminals, and then blackmails them. 
The work of the police in this par- 
ticular city in running down the 
clues and finally closing in on the 
mob with a clever frame-up is as 
exciting and suspenseful as any fic- 
tion drama on the screen. It is in 
fact superior to the regular gang- 
ster pictures, for here is actual 
drama with the kick of realism. It 
is hard to see how this picture can 
be topped for realistic thrills. 



Universal 



"Going Places" 
(Number 53) 



9 mins. 



Novel and Thrilling 

Here is excellent entertainment 
which moves along at lively pace, 
is spiked with excitement, novelty 
and photographic effectiveness, and 
has Graham McNamee's best narra- 
tion to top it off. Audience is taken 
to romantic Silver Springs, Fla., 
where in a glass bottom boat one 
is transported over the crystal-clear 
waters in whose depths can be 
plainly seen myriad fascinating va- 
rieties of aquatic flora and fauna. 
Two sequences are of the thrill 
genus, namely the two battles staged 
by husky Ross Allen whom the cam- 
era catches in hand-to-hand com- 
bats with a giant sea turtle and an 
alligator, respectively, both of which 
he bests after protracted struggle. 
Additional footage reveals Edith 
Allen, sister of the redoubtable Ross 
Allen, in a plunge to the aquatic 
gardens of Silver Springs to gather, 
while under water, a host of un- 
usual flowers. All types of patrons 
will go for this one. 



Unusual Occupations 

(L8-2) 

Paramount 11 mins. 

Entertaining and Novel 

The subjects cover a wide range 
of interest. Miss Jeanne Kavanaugh, 
the only person legally authorized 
to sign the President's name, which 
she inscribes on Land Patents and 
Grants issued by the government. 
The only woman registered guide, 
who takes bi~ game hunters through 
the Minnesota woods. The champ 
slingshot shooter of the world in 
action. A private fire-fighting unit 
owned and operated by a man in 
Connecticut without charge to the 
countryside. Then the highlight is 
Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCar- 
thy in conversation, in which Berg- 
en reveals how Mortimer Snerd, his 
latest discovery, came to be created. 
Then the making of Snerd out of a 
choice block of wood by Virginia 
Austin, who specializes in such 
handiwork. 



"Cairo, City of Contrast" 

(FitzPatrick TravelTalk) 

M-G-M 9 mins. 

Very Fine 

Nice contrasting shots of the an- 
cient Cairo with the modern city 
which is the capital of Egypt, done 
with gorgeous Technicolor treat- 
ment. The scenes of the ageless 
Nile are particularly impressive. 
The many varied scenes of the na- 
tives going about their daily tasks 
afford a fine conception of the life 
of these people. The film embodies 
some splendid shots of the Moham- 
med Ali mosque; the royal palace; 
a brigade of soldiers on parade, and 
closeups of the smart uniforms of 
the officers. The final views are of 
the University of Cairo, contrasting 
with the ancient Pyramids and 
Sphinx. 



COUNSELS SEE ARNOLD 
ON TRUST ACTION 






"Busse Rhythm" 

(Headliner) 

Paramount 10 mins. 

Fine Swing Number 

Featuring Henry Busse and his 
orchestra, a very classy outfit work- 
ing in dress clothes. Busse handles 
his trumpet with remarkable skill, 
and makes the short stand out from 
the ruck of such offerings. The 
numbers comprise a trumpet-choral 
arrangement of "Blue Hawaii"; a 
fine rhythm number specially writ- 
ten to show off his band, "Hold Your 
Hats"; a colorful specialty "Figaro," 
sung by Don Huston. The finale is 
Busse's song, "Hot Lips," which 
carries a fine swing. 



Booked by Little Carnegie 

Deal has been closed by Oliver 
Unger, sales manager of J. H. Hoff- 
berg Co., for first-run showing of 
"School for Husbands," new Eng- 
lish film, at the Little Carnegie 
Playhouse. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

S. Attorney General Thurman Ar- 
nold and his leading Government as- 
sociates in the case, Wendell Bg^ge 
and Paul Williams. Qlie' 

The conference, held at the De- 
partment of Justice, spanned sev- 
eral hours, and at its conclusion, it 
was stated that the ground covered 
included questions incident to the 
suit and matters of procedure. Fur- 
ther meetings will be held, it was 
added. 

In Department of Justice circles, 
however, it was reported that the 
present industry move to effect 
trade reforms was discussed. The 
matter of a consent decree, however, 
was not advanced at yesterday's 
session, but was informally cata- 
logued under the "future business" 
heading, it is understood. 

In all probability, the next" con- 
ference will follow the Nov. 1 dead- 
line for the filing of the answers to 
the Government's suit. At the sub- 
sequent sessions the conferees are 
expected to explore in more detail 
the Justice Department's request for 
the status quo in the majors' the- 
ater operations pending trial. 

Those representing the industry 
at the confab included Col. William J. 
Donovan, counsel for the RKO trus- 
tee in bankruptcy; Austin C. 
Keough, general counsel, Para- 
mount; Robert W. Perkins, 
general counsel, Warners; J. Rob- 
ert Rubin, general counsel, Loew's, 
Inc.; William M. Mallard, general 
counsel RKO; Bertram F. Shipman, 
Mudge, Stern Williams and Tucker, 
and Ralph S. Harris and Richard P. 
Dwight, both of the firm of Dwight, 
Harris, Keogel & Caskey. 



B & K Trust Suit "Strike Out" 
Plea Under Advisement 



(Continued from Page 1) 

instances in the independents case 
against the majors, relating to own- 
ership of theaters, division of the- 
ater territory, free markets for films 
and similar matters. 

Many plaintiffs were in court yes- 
terday with balance sheets and other 
books asked for by defendants' coun- 
sel, but were excused by court, as 
they were not called upon to show 
the books in court by the defendants' 
attorneys. Joseph Rosenberg for the 
plaintiffs said they recognized rule 
of law, that affidavits from both sides 
were equal, but if plaintiffs were re- 
quired to post prohibitive bonds in 
temporary injunction proceedings, 
they would prove too heavy for inde- 
pendents to assume. 

Whatever decision is rendered, it 
is expected that it will be retroactive 
from date the suit was started ac- 
cording to a leading attorney in the 
case. Decision is expected next 
Wednesday. 



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with that prime requisite of the fine motion 
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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Twenty Years Old 



NEW YORK, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1938 



TEN CENTS 



RCA and Others to Market Television Sets by April 

MPTOA GROUP CONCLUDESTRADE PRACTICEPARLEYS 

fheater Divorcement Issue Outside Scope of Confabs 



)istributors Not Prepared to 

Negotiate It, Cole 

Informs Allied 

By W. H. McMAHON 

FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

j Atlantic City — Trade reform par- 
eys in progress in New York be- 
ween distributors and exhibitors 
nay not solve the theater divorce- 
nent problem, it was indicated here 
r esterday by Col. H. A. Cole, chair- 
man of Allied's negotiating commit- 
ee, who, with Abram F. Myers, 
Allied general counsel and Nathan 
rTamins, Allied prexy, addressed the 
invention of New Jersey and New 
fork Allied. 
Allied's committee at its first 

(Continued on Page 3) 



Continue Musicians Job Confab Next Tuesday 

Conference held yesterday between the American Federation of Musicians and 
heads of the major companies to discuss plans to put more musicians to work in the 
theaters, was adjourned to next Tuesday after a round table discussion. Session was held 
in the office of Pat Casey, producers' labor representative. Joseph N. Weber, AFM 
prexy, and the entire AFM executive board attended. Sidney R. Kent, Nicholas M. 
Schenck, Major Albert Warner, Austin Keough, Nate J. Blumberg, Leo Spitz and a 
Columbia legal representative represented the major companies. 



JUSTICE DEPT. ENTRY INJUNCTION REFUSED 
IN GTPC CASE RAPPED IN CHI, TRUST CASE 



BOLLINGER RENAMED 
N. J. ALLIED PREXY 



Atlantic City — Irving Dollinger 
)f Linden was re-elected president 
)f Allied Theaters of New Jersey 
it the annual convention here yes- 
;erday. 

The convention also re-designated 
:hese officers for another year: 

Jacob Unger, Hullside, secretary; 

(.Continued on Page 2) 



'Snow White" London Gross 
$550,000; Run Continues 



"Snow White and the Seven 
Dwarfs" has grossed $550,000 dur- 
ing the 33 weeks it has been run- 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Films Biggest Year 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Motion Pictures' Greatest 
Year campaign is leading the film in- 
dustry into the biggest year in its 
history, Barney Balaban, president of 

| Paramount, said upon his arrival here 
yesterday. He was accompanied by 

i Stanton Griffis and Russell Holman. 
Neil F. Agnew arrived by plane yes- 
terday. 



By MILTON F. LUNCH 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY\ 

Washington — Intervention of the 
Department of Justice to "assert 
and protect the public interest" in 
the U. S. Supreme Court rehearing 
of the General Talking Pictures 
Corp. patent infringement suit was 
assailed yesterday by Merrell E. 
Clark, counsel for the respondents, 
Western Electrc, Erpi and AT&T. 

Styling the Justice Department's 
submission of a brief as "most un- 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Chicago — Federal Judge Henry 
Wilkerson yesterday denied a 
temporary injunction sought by 
local indies in their suit for clear- 
ance relief from B & K, Warner 
Bros, theaters and major distribu- 
tors. 

In denying the injunction, Judge 
Wilkerson stated that there was 

(Continued on Page 2) 



Schaefer's Appointment 

May be Announced Today 

Ratification of George J. Schae- 
fer's contract as president of RKO 
is not expected until after next 

(Continued on Page 2) 



Goldwyn Considers Sherwood 
"Lincoln" for Gary Cooper 

Sam Goldwyn would like to pic- 
turize "Abe Lincoln in Illinois," 
Robert Sherwood's new Broadway 
hit, with Gary Cooper starred, but 
a deal for the rights to the piece is 
still in "the conversational stage," 

(Continued on Page 4) 



David Sarnoff Declares RCA Ready 
To Put Tele on Commercial Basis 



Prepare Copyright "Briefs" 
for Further Mutual Study 

Film industry delegates, and 
those of Ascap, the writing, broad- 
casting, and publishing fields met 
yesterday afternoon in Room 311 of 
the Low Memorial Library at Co- 
lumbia University to further crys- 
tallize efforts in effectuating inter- 
national copyright reform via re- 

(Continued on Page 3) 



Commercial television is ready to 
turn that corner. 

David Sarnoff, RCA prexy, ad- 
dressing the Radio Manufacturers 
Association at the Roosevelt Hotel 
yesterday, announced that his com- 
pany and "a number of other ra- 
dio manufacturers in the U. S." are 
preparing to manufacture and mar- 
ket television receivers which will 
reach the market "by the time the 

(Continued On Page 4) 



Reported in Accord On Some 

Issues; May Resume Talks 

After Convention 

MPTOA's trade practice negotiat- 
ing committee yesterday concluded 
its conferences with Sidney R. Kent 
and Ned Depinet, representing the 
distributors, and a report of the 
proceedings will be made to the or- 
ganization's convention delegates in 
Oklahoma City. 

Although no announcement was 
made by either the exhibitor or dis- 
tributor groups, it was understood 
that both sides were in accord on 
some of the issues involved 

It was believed that proposals 

(Continued on Page 3) 

JAPAN WiLLADMIT 
80 U. S PIX YEARLY 



Tokyo (By Cable) — Sources close 
to the Japanese Government de- 
clared here yesterday that the war 
ban on importation of foreign films 
is about to be relaxed to permit the 
entry of 80 U. S. pictures annually. 
Decision, while not yet official, is 
held certain of pronouncement and 
will culminate several months of co- 
operative effort on the part of U. S. 
producer-distributor interests with 
Japanese officialdom. 



Movie Quiz Held Lottery 

Mo.; Schaefer Rejoins 



in 



Opinion by Missouri Attorney 
General McKittrick to the effect that 
the industry drive's Movie Quiz con- 
stitutes a lottery drew a quick re- 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Back to Films 

Mobile, Ala. — Bingo and Bank Night 
were out here yesterday and theaters 
had to depend upon film for business 
as a result of a Grand Jury's refusal 
to indict pin ball operators on the 
grounds that it would be discriminatory 
to indict the pin ball men and not act 
against other alleged violators. 



Friday, October 21, 1938 




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Schaefer's Appointment 

May be Announced Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Tuesday, although announcement of 
the appointment may be made to- 
day. 

It is understood that Schaefer ad- 
ditionally at the same time will be- 
come president and board chairman 
of RKO's three principal subsidiar- 
ies, RKO Radio Pictures, K-A-0 and 
B. F. Keith Corp., in each instance 
succeeding Leo Spitz. These com- 
panies are not in receivership. 

RKO reorg. plan again comes be- 
fore Federal Judge Bondy on Tues- 
day, with interested parties of the 
opinion that the court's okay will 
follow shortly. 



Net 
High Low Close Chg. 



Am. Seat 

Columbia Picts. vtc 
Columbia Picts. pfd 

Con. Fm. Ind 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd 

East. Kodak 

do pfd 1 

Cen. Th. Eq 

Loew's, Inc 

do pfd 

Paramount 

Paramount 1st pfd.. . 
Paramount 2nd pfd.. 

Pathe Film 

RKO 

20th Century-Fox . . 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 

Univ. Pict. pfd 

Warner Bros 

do pfd 



14% 14 



14% 



2 13/ 4 

115/8 11 

68 168 

15»/ 2 15i/ 2 

56% 55 



2 + % 

11% 4- % 

168 — i 

15'/ 2 

55% - % 



12% 
97 



11% 
95% 



12V4 11% 
9% 9l/ 4 
2% 23/ 4 

271/4 26 

35i/ 4 3|5 

56 56 
7% 71/4 

39 39 



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97 + 1% 



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2% + % 

263/4 + 3/ 4 

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56 — 1 

73/ 3 + % 

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Warners Stage Big Premiere 
For "Rat" at Lexington, Ky. 

Lexington, Ky. — Warner Bros, 
held a world premiere for "Brother 
Rat" at two theaters, State and 
Lyric, here last night, with Pris- 
cilla Lane, pix's femme star, and 
the entire cadet corps of Virginia 
Military Institute, story's locale in 
attendance. High interest in the 
picture and the star brought re- 
quests for tickets from a 200-mile 
radius, with fans ready to pay $10 
apiece for seats. 

Wayne Morris and other members 
of the cast were heard on the Kate 
Smith program from Cleveland fol- 
lowing the premiere. 



Irving Dollinger Renamed 
President of N. J. Allied 

(Continued from Page 1) 

David Snapper, New Brunswick, 
treasurer; Maurice Miller, Passaic, 
assistant treasurer; Ralph Wilkins, 
Pitman, and George Gold, Newark, 
vice-presidents. 

Gold, with Harry Cridall and Sid- 
ney Samuelson were re-elected to 
the directorate. 

New York Allied did not elect 
officers yesterday. 

Court Refuses Injunction 
to Indies in Chi. Trust Case 



Conn. MPTO Will Draft 
Recommendations Tuesday 



NEW YORK BOND MARKET 

Keith A-0 6s46 94 94 94 — 1/4 

Loew 6s 41-ww.... 1013,4 101% 1013,4 — % 

Para. B'way 3s55 

Para. Picts. 6s55-. . . 98 973,4 98 + 1 
Para. Picts. cv. 3%s47 86% 86 86% + 2 

RKO 6s41 75% 74 75 + 3/ 4 

Warner's 6s39 85 84% 85 

NEW YORK CURB MARKET 

Grand National 7-16 3/ 8 7-16 +1-16 

Monogram Picts. ... 2 2 2 + % 

Sonotone Corp 1 % 1 % 1 % + % 

Technicolor 23% 22% 22% + % 

Trans-Lux 

Universal Picts 



UA Signs B-K for Loop 

Chicago — United Artists has 
closed a deal with Balaban & Katz 
for the loop showing- of UA pix. 




Specialists for 2 J years in the storage of 
valuable film. 



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New Haven— Connecticut MPTO 
is at present circularizing members 
and urging they submit recommen- 
dations for presentation' at the 
MPTOA convention opening, on Oct. 
30 in Oklahoma City. A luncheon- 
meeting will be held on Tuesday 
at the Hofbrau Haus to restate and 
vote on these recommendatons, with 
Irving C. Jacocks, Jr., presiding. 

Reservations for the Oklahoma 
City meetings have been made by 
Irving C. Jacocks, president; Ed- 
ward G. Levy, executive secretary; 
Arthur Lockwood. board member, 
and Mrs. Levy and Mrs. Lockwood. 



Open Movietone Stage Oct. 25 

Official opening date of the new 
stage built by Fox Movietone News, 
adjacent to their present quarters, 
has been set for Oct. 25, it was an- 
nounced yesterday. Short subjects 
produced by the company will be 
made there. Stage was designed by 
E. I. Sponable. Air-conditioning is 
a feature. 



J. L. Stein's Father Dead 

Joseph L. Stein, Copyright Pro- 
tection Bureau counsel, will return 
to New York over the week-end 
from Portland, Me., where he jour- 
neyed early this week to attend 
funeral services for his father, 
Abram Stein, of that city, who died 
on Oct. 15. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

insufficient evidence of "irreparable 
loss or damage" to the plaintiffs and 
that he was of the opinion that 
there was doubt as to the exhibitors' 
clear right to relief. 

The defendants were given 30 
days additional time in which to file 
answers. Meanwhile, the inde- 
pendents' attorneys, Rosenberg, 
Stein & Rosenberg, are taking de- 
positions for later use in the case. 

Johnston Returns Oct. 31 ; 
Eddie Golden Arrives Today 

W. Ray Johnston, Monogram's 
president, will definitely return to 
New York from the Coast on Oct. 
31, it was announced yesterday at 
the home office, and that Edward A. 
Golden, company's vice-president in 
charge of distribution will arrive 
here today from Oklahoma City, 
culminating visits to Mid-Western 
exchanges. 

It was further declared that Leon 
Fromkess, treasurer of Monogram 
Pictures arrived in Hollywood on 
Wednesday, last, where he conferred 
with Johnston and Scott R. Dunlap, 
vice-president in charge of produc- 
tion, on budget matters associated 
with the current 1938-39 lineup. 

Fromkess is expected to remain 
on the Coast for at least several 
weeks and perhaps longer, according 
to the home office. 



Western Pa. MPTO Holds 
Annual Meeting Oct. 27 

Pittsburgh — The annual meeting 
of the MPTO of Western Penn- 
sylvania will take place at the Wil- 
liam Penn Hotel here on Thursday, 
Oct. 27. M. A. Rosenberg, president, 
and Fred Herrington, secretary, 
are in charge of the affair, and the 
present program calls for a morning 
business session at 9:30, luncheon at 
1:00 p.m., and an afternoon business 
session at 2:30. Since the local Va- 
riety Club banquet is being held the 
following Sunday and many exhib 
itors will attend it, there will be no 
special MPTOA dinner this year. 

Gorman Gets RKO Post 

Chicago — Tom Gorman has been 
named advertising manager for 
RKO in Chicago, it was learned 
yesterday. He succeeds Louis Blaine 
who became assistant to John Jo- 
seph, ad. and pub. director for "U," 
this week. 



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DAVID O. SELZNICK. president of Selznick 
International, arrives here Monday morning 
from the Coast. MRS. SELZNICK accompanies 
him. 

W. RAY JOHNSTON, president o^fe'ono- 
gram, returns to New York on October^T^ f rom 
the Coast. 

EDWARD A. GOLDEN, vice-president in 
charge of distribution for Monogram, arrives 
today from Oklahoma City. 

ED KUYKENDALL, MPTOA chieftain, leaves 
New York tomorrow to make several stops be- 
fore the opening of the convention the end 
of the month. 

LEON FROMKESS, Monogram treasurer, ar- 
rived on the Coast Wednesday for budget con- 
ferences. 

BEN KALMENSON, Western and Southern 
division manager for Warners, left yesterday 
for a trip to Chicago and St. Louis. He re- 
turns to New York late next week. 

STANLEY W. HATCH, Warner advertising 
accessories sales manager, has left New York 
for a tour of the company's branches. 

PECCY FEARS, actress, left New York yes- 
terday morning by plane for Dallas. 

ROLAND YOUNG, stage and screen actor, 
is scheduled to leave New York shortly via 
air for Hollywood. 

JOSEPH L. STEIN, member of the legal staff 
of the Copyright Protection Bureau, returns 
to New York this week-end from Portland, 
Me., where he attended the funeral of his 
father. 

LOUIS D. FROHLICH, of the law firm of 
Schwartz & Frohlich, left New York last eve- 
ning for Boston on the Merchants Limited and 
will return here on Saturday. 

JOHN BOLES arrived in New York yesterday 
from the Coast by plane for a vacation. 

LOU and MILTON LEFTON, of Monarch Pic- 
ture Exchange Pittsburgh, return to Pittsburgh 
Sunday after a week's business and pleasure 
trip. 

SAM COLDWYN and MRS. COLDWYN took 
the Twentieth Century yesterday for Hollywood. 

JACK BELLMAN, Republic's Eastern district 
sales manager, left New York last night for 
Atlantic City to attend the Allied of N. J. 
convention and proceed from there to Albany, 
Gloversville, Buffalo and Detroit, returning to 
the home office in about 10 days. 

SIDNEY CHAPLIN, former film comedian, 
sails from New York tomorrow for Europe 
aboard the Conte di Savoia. 

WALTER E. BANFORD, LEROY BICKEL, BER- 
TUS BISHOP, JR., CHARLES KESSNICH, JOHN 
J. MALONEY, ERNEST J. SOLVAY, JAY F. WIL- 
LINGHAM, WILLIAM H. WORKMAN and WIL- 
LIAM B. ZOELLNER, M-C-M district man- 
agers, also sail for Europe on the Conte di 
Savoia tomorrow. 



Columbia Signs Mamoulian 

Columbia's home office announced 
yesterday that it has engaged Rou- 
ben Mamoulian to direct company's 
forthcoming production, "Golden 
Boy," Clifford Odets' stage success. 
Film js rated by Columbia as one 
of the most important of its planned 
releases. 



POSITION WANTED 

Tall, attractive, young woman desires position. 
Two years motion picture experience. Steno- 
grapher, typist, bookkeeper, monitor board, 
mimeograph machine, addressograph, knowledge 
of distribution and detailed publicity work. 
Excellent references. Box 1069, THE FILM 
DAILY, 1501 Broadway, New York City. 



Friday, October 21, 1938 



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MPTOA COMMITTEE 
ENDS TRADE TALKS 



(Continued from Page 1) 

made by both committees were met 
!bv /•ounter-proposals and out of 
the.^Jwill come an understanding 



thar-rnay result in an agreeable plan 
insofar as MPTOA is concerned. 

It is probable that the organiza- 
tion's executive committee will re- 
sume discussions after its conven- 
tion which gets under way for four 
days on Oct. 30 Ed Kuykendall, 
president, plans to return to his 
home in Columbus, Miss., tomorrow, 
and proceed to Oklahoma City with- 
in a few days. Other members of 
the negotiating group will leave for 
their respective homes immediately. 

Meanwhile, Allied's committee re- 
turns this morning from Atlantic 
City and will resume its discussions 
with distributors' representatives 
today. 



Prepare Copyright "Briefs" 
for Further Mutual Study 

(Continued from Page 1) 

draft of the provisions of the Berne 
Convention. 

Edwin P. Kilroe, 20th-Fox coun- 
sel and chairman of the MPPDA 
copyright committee; Gabriel L. 
Hess, general counsel for MPPDA; 
and Robert W. Perkins, chairman of 
the Hays office law committee and 
chief counsel for Warners, repre- 
sented filmland in the deliberations 
which consisted of co-ordinating 
suggestions of the various interests. 
These "briefs" are to receive fur- 
ther mutual study and be edited 
down before a further meeting to be 
held in Low Memorial Library with- 
in the next two or three weeks. 



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Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 21 

Lloyd Hughes 

Don Hancock 

Josephine Lovett 

Edward G. Levy 



OCTOBER 22 

Constance Bennett 

Joan Fontaine 

James Hall 

Bela Lugosi 

Mitzi Green 

M. J. Weisfeldt 



OCTOBER 23 

Sam E. Morris 

Harry Cohn 

Harry Scott 

Fred Datig 

Sally O'Neil 

Walter Willey 




• • • TRAIL-BLAZERS of new picture technique of 

new slants on old themes of new interest revived in the motion 

picture public of new ways of injecting Punch, Excitement. Sus- 
pense, Human Interest, info the structure of the motion picture 

we're talking of Warners and more especially of their overwhelm- 
ingly dramatic masterpiece just shown in their projection room 

"Angels With Dirty Faces" 

T ▼ T 

• • • HERE IS a picture of POWER that stirs you 

yes, whips you whips your emotions into a white heat 

what a story! what a cast! (we seldom use ex- 
clamation marks, for that is the hallmark of the sob sister 

but we've used two exclams right here and as far as we are 

concerned they are the equivalent of a brace of four-star ratings 
for "Angels") AND what direction! (that's three ex- 
clams) hell, we're almost getting as sensational as Winchell 

and Fidler combined (see our later review on this Trail- 

Blazer in picture technique, which explains ALL) 

▼ TV 

• • • COMPLETE SERVICE reaching the high water mark 

the culmination of 20 years of continuous service to the industry 

in supplying the exhibitor needs for the Screen and the Lobby 

and so we are doing the master of ceremonies act in presenting 

for your consideration the. Vital Contributions in Practical Showmanship 
made by National Screen Service on this happy anniversary occasion 

approaching the noteworthy accomplishments comprise such 

Showmanship Achievements as localizing of the company's service 

with a branch system equal to that of any major producing organiza- 
tion stepping up their Pre-Vue trailer to a total of more than 12,000 

exhibitor accounts expanding the Special Announcement Trailer 

division and co-ordinating it with the local branches so that the exhibi- 
tor can get that special trailer with amazing speed, and hitting close 

to the mark of his special requirements that is one-half of the 

Service the Screen the other is the Lobby taken care 

of with the efficiency born of experts in the creation of art work, layout, 

photo technique a comprehensive. Accessories Plant that is unique 

in the display field in this or any other industry to Herman Rob- 
bins and his splendid organization that meshes out into 21 branches in 

key spots everywhere we say: "On this approaching anniversary, 

to a grand organization doing a complete showman job. felicitations 
and the best of everything" 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • PREVIEW SHOW given at the Astor Theater 

yesterday morn by Paramount presenting "Men With Wings" 

to the exhibitors and bookers in the metropolitan territory 

a smash Technicolor achievement ..... .really a corking aviation 

picture that is earmarked with the B.O. Guarantee...:.. 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • SPECIALIZED audiences that is the way they are 

selling the Armand Denis-Leila Roosevelt picture of the Belgian Congo, 

"Dark Rapture" the husband- wife producers will address the Gim- 

bel Stamp Club tomorrow and Leroy G. Phelps, the cameraman on 

the production, starts this week on a lecture tour of the city's high 
schools. . . • Radie Harris, the local radio announcer, will be given 
a birthday party Sunday by Mimi Powers in her well known pent 
house. . . • Madlyn ("No E's") White, sec to Ray Johnston, is all 
aflutter with excitement because the boss will be back from the Coast 
in a couple of weeks 



DIVORCE ISSUE NOT 
IN PARLEY'S SCOPE 



(Continued from Page 1) 

meeting with the distributors' rep- 
resentatives was advised that the 
latter could not negotiate divorce- 
ment of theaters, Col. Cole stated, 
adding, "We have not discussed this 
further." Allied has been commit- 
ted to theater divorcement, one of 
the issues as well in the pending 
New York equity suit. 

Myers, Yamins and Col. Cole, 
however,, in their talks expressed 
their optimism that the parleys 
would prove successful. Yamins 
foresaw a "peaceful victory"; Myers 
called the negotiations a "test of 
whether there exists in this business 
capacity to practice self -regulation," 
while Col. Cole said that today's 
conference in New York might pro- 
duce a settlement, although discus- 
sions might continue next week. He 
left last night for New York. 

New Jersey Allied went on record 
opposing all games of chance in 
theaters. Vote was divided and 
came after hot discussion. Discus- 
sion took up most of the afternoon 
session. 

New York Allied also considered 
the games question, but did not join 
in the condemnatory action. H. G. 
Kosch, unit's counsel, said New York 
Allied favored games "because of 
necessity." Subsequents were re- 
quired to resort to them because of 
the late dates at which they re- 
ceived product. 

At the New York Allied meeting, 
the shorts situation came in for at- 
tention, with further consideration 
slated today. A number of mem- 
bers reported obtaining adjustments 
on hanging contracts. Buying gen- 
erally was described on a business 
basis as contrasted with the wildcat 
buying a year ago, and President 
Max Cohen said he was confident 
the buying situation was "under 
control." 

Results of a product survey, made 
yesterday, will be announced at this 
morning's session. 

Convention cocktail party and 
banquet were held last night. 

Committee meetings will precede 
today's general business session at 
which their reports will be submit- 
ted. 



New "U" Omaha Exchange? 

Omaha — Local Universal branch 
will remodel present exchange on 
Filmrow at a cost of $20,000 or 
may build a new one-story brick 
exchange with all modern trim- 
mings, said Roy Palmquist, local 
chief. 



Triples - Premiums 

Chicago — New rash of triple bills 
here finds the policy in B & K's 
Terminal, Belmont and Alba Theaters 
and the Drake, Admiral and Portage 
Theaters of the CCS circuit. Three lat- 
ter additionally are offering dresserware 
premiums to femme patrons; b.o. top is 
30 cents. 



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Friday, October 21, 1938 1 



DAILY 



RCA TO MARKET TELE 
SETS BY NEXT APRIL 



(.Continued from Page 1) 

World's Fair opens" on April 30 
next. 

At the same time, Sarnoff dis- 
closed: 

1. RCA "has offered and is 
prepared to sell television trans- 
mitters to broadcasters and 
others who may desire to en- 
ter this new field." 

2. RCA "is prepared to as- 
sist its licensees who may de- 
sire to manufacture television 
receivers, and so far as prac- 
ticable, will be glad to sell them 
such television parts as they 
may wish to purchase." 

3. "Opportunities to compete 
in the erection of television 
transmitters, the establishment 
of television program services, 
and the manufacture and sale 
of television receivers to the 
public, are available to the ra- 
dio industry and to others in the 
U. S." 

(The Film Daily on Oct. 14 re- 
ported exclusively that television in- 
terests were co-ordinating activi- 
ties for the launching of commercial 
television, the three-point drive em- 
bracing provision for the supply of 
transmitters to radio stations, reg- 
ular sustaining talecasts and the 
manufacture and sale of receivers). 

Sarnoff further declared that 
RCA's experimental field tests 
"have convinced us that television 
in the home is now technically feas- 
ible," but added that "many tech- 
nical, artistic and financial prob- 
lems still confront those who would 
establish an acceptable and regular 
public service of television pro- 
grams to the home." 

Establishment of a national ser- 
vice of network television waits up- 
on the solution of those problems, 
Sarnoff asserted, and that solution, 
he continued, "can be solved only 
by operating experience." Hence, he 
said, RCA proposes to begin "a lim- 
ited program service to the public 
from its New York television trans- 
mitter." Reception will be restricted 
to a radius of approximately 50 miles 
from the Empire State Building. 

Sarnoff called attention to the 
fact that NBC plans to be on the 
air with television programs for at 
least two hours a week by the time 
the World's Fair opens and that CBS 
is installing an RCA-built transmit- 
ter in the Chrysler Building and also 
will telecast then. NBC will resume 
telecast before Jan. 1, but no defi- 
nite date has been set, it was said 
at NBC last night. Antennae changes 
are being completed. 



J-L-S Not Taking Oriental 

Chicago — Reports that Jones, 
Linick and Schaefer would take 
over the Oriental theater were de- 
nied by the circuit yesterday. 



Zeidman to Produce "Girls' Town" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — B. F. Zeidman of Malcolm-Browne Productions will place "Girls' Town" 
in production immediately. It will be one of the company's specials and will be 
based on the lives of girls living in an industrial home. It will be one of M-B's 20 
releases through its independent exchange affiliate. 



Goldwyn Considers Sherwood 
"Lincoln" for Gary Cooper 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

the producer said yesterday on his 
departure for the Coast. With Mrs. 
Goldwyn, he left on the Century. 

Goldwyn declared that the liter- 
ary market and the stage had occu- 
pied his time while in New York, 
and said he was returning to the 
Coast for the final review of "The 
Cowboy and the Lady," his first pix 
for the new season. 



Griffith Subsidiary Gets 

Two Texas Film Houses 



Oklahoma City — The Consolidated 
Theaters, Inc., Griffith Amusement 
Co. subsidiary has announced pur- 
chase of the buildings and equip- 
ment of the Strand and Ritz thea- 
ters at Uvalde, Texas, from Uvalde 
Theaters, Inc., of which H. W. Lit- 
tle is president. 

The theaters have been leased to 
the Jack Pickens Theaters, Inc., a 
subsidiary operated by Consolidated, 
adding to Pickens operation of 
houses in New Braunfels, Refugio 
and Cuero, Texas. Stock in the 
Pickens organization is held pointly 
by Jack Pickens and the Consolidat- 
ed Theaters, Inc., of which L. C. 
Griffith is president. 

Foster Lyman, Griffith manager 
at Vinita, Okla., has been named 
city manager at Uvalde and Joe 
Stribling, Jr., has been moved from 
Hobart, Okla., to take Lyman's 
place. Gus Hoenscheidt, assistant 
manager at Duncan for Griffith, has 
been promoted to Griffith manager 
at Hobart. 



100 Orks to Participate 
in "Music Week" of Drive 



More than 100 ork leaders will de- 
vote one of their programs during 
the observance of "Music Week" for 
Motion Pictures' Greatest Year to 
a series of song hits from or inspired 
by films, past and present, it was 
announced yesterday at drive head- 
quarters. "Music Week" starts 
Oct. 31. 

First print of the all-industry 
short for the drive, "The World is 
Ours," is en route to New York 
from the Coast. 



Heed Burial In Columbus 

Detroit — Ambos Heed, head of the 
Moviescope Development Co., estab- 
lished to manufacture a new type 
projector, was buried Tuesday in his 
home town of Columbus, O. He is 
survived by his widow. 



Movie Quiz Held Lottery 
in Mo.; Schaefer Rejoins 



(Continued from Page 1) 

joinder last night from George J. 
Schaefer, campaign chairman. 

Stating that the campaign com- 
mittee was "astonished" by the 
opinion, Schaefer said: 

"At every point the committee 
consulted with recognized contest 
authorities, companies which have 
conducted thousands of contests. 
They advised us that our plan was 
in accordance with all the laws re- 
lating to contests. Our contest was 
then sent to the United States Pos- 
tal authorities which passed it in 
every particular. 

"No legal action has been recorded 
against the contest. If one is 
brought, it will then be the proper 
time to defend the contest in every 
particular. And because of the na- 
tion-wide interest in the contest and 
the thousands of theater owners who 
have invested in it, such legal ac- 
tion will be defended with utmost 
confidence." 



Contemplate Legal Action 
to Block Quiz "Answers' 



Legal action against distributors 
of answers to the Movie Quiz is be- 
ing considered by Motion Pictures' 
Greatest Year committee. At least 
three organizations are offering 
answer books to the public and one 
of them has a radio tie-up with Sta- 
tion WINS. 

Legal technicalities are being 
studied with the view of bringing 
action against the answer distribu- 
tors. It has been pointed out that 
if any of the answers in the books 
are incorrect, grounds for a suit 
have been established. 



'Snow White" London Gross 
$550,000; Run Continues 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ning at the New Gallery Theater in 
London, it was learned here yester- 
day. Picture is still running strong 
with no indications of it being with- 
drawn. The New Gallery is a 1,450- 
seat house. 

At the Music Hall in New York, 
"Snow White" grossed $510,000 in 
five weeks. It is believed that "Snow 
White" has established a new 
world's record in grossing more 
than $1,000,000 in two engage- 
ments. 



Frisco's "Paramount Week" 

San Francisco — "Paramount 
Week" opened here yesterday; dur- 
ing the next seven days, five Para. 
films will be running or opening. 



JUSTICE DEPT. ENTRY 
IN GTPC CASE RAPPED! 



(Continued from Page 1) 

usual," Clark declared that when thel 
AT&T and other companies hac 
entered into license agreernjBl's tc 
forestall impending researcrF^vork 
the Government had given its ap- 
proval after one minor change ir.j 
the agreement. 

"Most of the Government's briei 
in this case is an attack on the 
telephone company because it is a 
party to the cross licensing agree- 
ment," Clark charged "The Govern- 
ment is seeking to use this case to 
establish a new rule of law by say- 
ing that it is allegal for a patentee 
to license for one use and not for' 
another." 

That, counsel continued, was "an 
astounding suggestion," and "those 
advancing it were not familiar with 
what a patent is and I don't think 
the Government brief is very help- 
ful in this case." 

Samuel E Darby, Jr, counsel for 
GTPC, Schlesinger-controlled, told 
the Court that the sale of a, 
patented article by the patent hold- 
er exhausts the patent monopoly 
and thus denies the original holder 
the right to restrict its use after 
sale. 

Citing an early motion picture) 
patent case, Darby pointed out that 
the Court in that case held invalid 
restrictions on patents after sale. 

"By pooling of small patents, one 
concern is now in a position to hold 
a virtual monopoly" in the motion 
picture and other fields, Darby con- 
tended, terming the vacuum tube 
"absolutely essential" to the projec- 
tion of motion pictures as well as to 
many other fields. 

In his argument, Clark contended 
that it was the GTPC's defense that 
it held an implied license for use 
of the devices. This defense, he 
pleaded, did not hold. 

Clark told the Court that in this 
case the patent holder did have the 
right to restrict the use of the de- 
vice and that the American Trans- 
former Co. in selling the devices for 
use outside of the license notice was 
infringer, which caused it to be no 
sale. 

Ephraim Berliner, also appearing 
for GTPC, answered questions asked 
by Chief Justice Hughes and Justice 
Stone. 

Supreme Court's decision is not 
expected before a month or six 
weeks. The Court may either de- 
cide to reverse or sustain its pre- 
vious decision or rule on affirming 
or reversing the lower court deci- 
sion. . 



Stoneboro to Build House 

Pittsburgh — A bond issue for 
$32,000 has been authorized by the 
general council of the citizens of 
Stoneboro to build a modern 600- 
seat motion picture theater. When 
completed the theater will be leased 
to an outside exhibitor on a bid 
rental plan. This town is situated 
between Grove City and Franklin. 
There has not been a theater there 
for the past eight or nine years. 




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CHANGES 


Theater Closings-Openings-l\ew Houses-Renovations-Ownership Changes 


A Nation-wide Survey of Theater Conditions Conducted Exclusively for THE FILM DAILY by 

ROSS FEDERAL SERVICE, INC. 



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Theater Closings 

ARKANSAS 

Mountain View — Main Street (10- 
1-38); Dismantled. 

CALIFORNIA 
Antioch — Casino (9-27-38); Dis- 
mantled. 

IDAHO 
Hailey— Liberty (8-15-38); Own- 
er: Sam Brooks; Built a new thea- 
ter 

ILLINOIS 
Nawoo — Nawoo (9-25-38); Own- 
er: Francis David; Fire. 
INDIANA 
Linton— Grand (10-15-38); Own- 
er: Scherer Brothers; Moving to 
new location. 

KENTUCKY 
Ashland— Grand (9-11-38); Own- 
er: Grand Theater Co.; Building sold 
to Sexton Theater Co. 

MONTANA 
Mussoula — Liberty (9-17-38); 
Owner: Fox Film Corp. 
OREGON 
Grant's Pass — State (9-26-38); 
Owner: Tri-State; Expired lease. 
TEXAS 
Caldwell — Matsonian (10-8-38); 
Owner: C. W. Matson; Damaged by 

WEST VIRGINIA 

Logan — Logan (10-15-38); Owner: 
C. & M. Theatrical Co.; Opening of 
new theater. 



Theater Openings 



ARKANSAS 

Arkadelphia — Co-Ed, 400 seats 
(10-8-38); Owner: Cecil Cupp; 
House Manager: Jimmie Hobgood; 
Previously closed 6-1-38. 
CALIFORNIA 

Port Chicago— Port Chicago, 362 
seats (10-2-38); Owner: James Ma- 
lone. 

ILLINOIS 

Nawoo — Nawoo, 250 seats (near 
future); Owner: Francis David; 
House Manager: Francis David; 
Previously closed 9-25-38. 

Galesburg— West, 600 seats (10- 
6-38); Owner: Great States; House 
Manager: Revere Olmsted; Previ- 
ously closed, Spring, 1938. 
INDIANA 

Elkhart— Roxy (10-2-38); Owner: 
Elkhart Amusement Corp.; House 
Manager: Mr. Holland; Previously 
closed 7-27-38. 

KENTUCKY 

Richmond — Schine's State, 400 
seats (9-1-38); House Manager: 
Fred Williams; Previously closed in 
the Spring, 1938. 

MARYLAND 

Baltimore — Empire (formerly Eu- 
ropa), 200 seats (9-16-38); Owner: 
I. Monoff; House Manager: Leonard 
Jaworski. 



MONTANA 

Anaconda — Bluebird, 735 seats (9- 
25-38); Owner: Washoe Amusement 
Co.; House Manager: U. A. English; 
Previously closed June, 1938. 
NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Hanover — Nugget, 850 seats; 
Owner: Hanover Improvement Soci- 
ety; House Manager: Arthur Bar- 
wood. 

NEW YORK 

Scotia— Ritz, 700 seats (10-14-38); 
Owner: Mr. Gagnon and Mr. Gard- 
ner; House Manager: Mr. Gagnon; 
Previously closed 9-25-38. 

NORTH CAROLINA 

Greensboro — Criterion, 535 seats 
(10-4-38); Owner: Bernarde; House 
Manager: Mr. Hester; Previously 
closed 9-28-38. 

OHIO 

Seaman — Ace (10-7-38); Previous- 
ly closed 4-1-38. 

OREGON 

Lebanon — Gem, 300 seats (9-21- 
38); Owner: R. Kuhn; House Mana- 
ger: R. Kuhn; Previously closed 10- 
1-37. 

TEXAS 

Baird — Plaza (10-1-38); Owner: 
S. Leon; By fire. 

WEST VIRGINIA 

Charleston — Lyric, 500 seats (10- 
7-38); Owner: Bramwell Theaters, 
Inc.; House Manager: Norman Ish- 
erwood; Previously closed June, 
1938 

WISCONSIN 

Oshkosh — Rex, 475 seats (Sept. 
1938); Owner: Mr. Fading; Previ- 
ously closed Spring of 1938. 



l\ew Theater 
Openings 



CALIFORNIA 

Tulare— State, 424 seats (10-14- 
38), East Kern St.; Builder: T & D 
Jr.; Architect: Dichman; Cost: $50,- 
000; House Manager: C. Wasser- 
man. 

IDAHO 

Hailey— Liberty, 500 seats (8-15- 
38), East side Main St.; Builder: 
John M. Rutter; Cost: $20,000; 
House Manager: Sam Brooks. 

ILLINOIS 

Altomont— Main, 250 seats (10-1- 
38); House Manager: A. T. Wahlert. 
KANSAS 
Salina— Vogue, 450 seats (10-13- 
38), 200 block So. Santa Fe; House 
Manager: Paul W. Dixon. 
KENTUCKY 
McKee — McKee, 250 seats (9-1- 
38), Main St.; Cost: $2,500; House 
Manager: Bud Hughes. 
NEW YORK 
Hudson — Warren, 700 seats (10- 
14-38). 

TEXAS 
San Diego — Regis (10-1-38); 
House Manager: Dr. A. Duran. 



UTAH 

Draper — New Di'aper, 302 seats 
(10-7-38); Builder: Mr. and Mrs. J. 
A. Howell; Cost: $25,000. 

WEST VIRGINIA 

Logan — Logan (formerly New), 
1,400 seats (10-16-38), Main St.; 
Builder: C. & M. Theatrical Co.; 
Architect: Meanor & Handloser; 
Cost: $100,000; House Manager: 
Frank McNeely. 

WYOMING 

Worland— Kerby, 600 seats (9-21- 
38); Builder: J. Duncan; Cost: $75,- 
000; House Manager: Loyd Kerby. 



Theaters Under 
Construction 



CALIFORNIA 

Rosemead — Rosemead, 800 seats; 
Operator: James Edwards; To be 
completed 11-17-38. 

Los Angeles — Clinton, 750 seats, 
916 No. Western Ave.; Cost: $40,- 
000; Operator: C. Blake; To be com- 
pleted 11-1-38. 

FLORIDA 

Miami Beach — Cameo, about 1,000 
seats; Builder: Paul Greenbaum; 
Cost: $50,000; To be completed De- 
cember, 1938. 

ILLINOIS 

Plymouth — Franklin, 275 seats; 
Builder: Frank Deweese; To be com- 
pleted not certain. 

INDIANA 

Attica— New, 660 seats, W. Mill 
St.; Builder: Wallace Hay worth; 
Architect: L. Johnson; Cost: $40,- 
000; Operator: Carey S. Alexander; 
To be completed November or early 
December. 

WISCONSIN 

Waterloo — New, 250 seats, Mon- 
roe St.; Builder: Henry Miller; 
Architect: Libell Bros.; Cost: $15,- 
000; Operator: Henry Miller; To be 
completed some time in November. 

Hurley — New, 700 seats, Silver 
St; Builder: Frank Tomlinson Ash- 
land; Architect: C. J. Anderson; 
Cost: $50,000; Operator: Frank Mil- 
avetz; To be completed 12-1-38. 



INDIANA 

Linton — Cine, 825 seats, North 
Main St.; Builder: Scherer Brothers; 
Architect: Erwing Frederick; Cost: 
$150,000. 

NEW YORK 

Middleburg — Valley, 475 seats, 
Main St.; Operator: Mr. Conery. 

Hudson — Warren, 750 seats, War- 
ren St. 

Barry ville — Riviera, 342 seats; 
Builder: Narrowsburg Lumber Co.; 
Operator: William H. Voigt. 

OHIO 

New Vienna — Community House, 
325 seats; May open Dec. 1; Builder: 
City; Cost: $30,000. 

OREGON 

Grant's Pass — Rogue, 7th and H 
Sts.; Builder: Tri-State; Cost: $65,- 
000; Operator: S. G. Mendenhall. 
SOUTH CAROLINA 

Aiken — Patrica, 540 seats, 908 

Laurens St.; Builder: H. B. Ram; 

Architect: H. B. Ram & Hatcher; 

Cost: $35,000; Operator: H. B. Ram. 

TENNESSEE 

Memphis — Savoy, 500 seats, 
Thomas Ave. and White St.; Opera- 
tor: Nate Evans and Chalmers Cul- 
lins 



Renovations 
Planned 



Theaters Planned 



ARKANSAS 

Huntington — Roxy, 220 seats; 
Operator: Mr. E. A. Patton. 
CALIFORNIA 

Los Angeles — New, 550 seats; 
Cost: $20,000; Operator: A. Cantor. 
FLORIDA 

Miami — New Parkway; Coral and 
S.W. 12th Ave.; Builder: S. J. Spec- 
ter Construction Co.; Operator: 
Aaron Courshon. 

ILLINOIS 

Alton — New, 600 seats, Central 
Ave. 

Jersey ville — New, 360 seats; Op- 
erator: Joe Ballard. 



ARKANSAS 

Marianna — Imperial; Work Plan- 
ned: Celatex interior; Owner: L. F. 
Havens. 

CALIFORNIA 

Hemet — Hemet; Work Planned: 
Complete interior redecoration and 
new marquee; Owner: William Mar- 
tin; To be completed 10-17-38. 
ILLINOIS 

Hamilton — Picture Play; Work 
Planned: New seats to be installed; 
Owner: Francis David; To be com- 
pleted near future. 

KENTUCKY 

Ashland — Grand (name to be 
changed); Work Planned: New 
sound equipment, new seats, new 
marquee redecorated; Owner: Sex- 
ton Theater Co.; to be completed 
about the latter part of October. 
OREGON 

Portland — Rivoli; Work Planned: 
Relighting the building front with 
neon; Owner: R. Farrell (Estate); 
To be completed 11-1-38. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

Philadelphia — Locust; Work Plan- 
ned; Complete renovation, new 
sound, new seats, carpet and new 
front; Owner: Columbus Stamper; 
To be opened Oct. 16 

Phoenixville — Colonial; Work Plan- 
ned: New marquee and front; To be 
completed Oct. 15. 

Allentown — Boyd (formerly Em- 
bassy); Work Planned: Changing 
front, new box-office; Owner: A. R. 
Boyd. 



10 



THE FILM DAILY 



Friday, October 21, 193* 



THEATERS 

• SEATING 

• AIR CONDITIONING 

• LIGHTING 



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NEW BODIFORM CHAIR 
HAS NOVEL FEATURES 



Climaxing some two years of ex- 
perimentation and development, 
American Seating Co. of Grand 
Rapids, with branches in more than 
30 American cities, launched this 
week on the market its new Bodi- 
form theater chair which embodies 
new construction principles for 
achievement of durability, practica- 
bility and comfort, and for the in- 
corporation of beauty plus economy 
of purchase as well as space. 

Structurally, the new chairs fea- 
ture a vertical compound curve 
which fits the body of the patron, 
thus stepping-up comfort to new 
heights, it is claimed. Back is pad- 
ded as well as the seat area, and L. 
N. Olmsted, company's ranking New 
York executive, reveals that the 
folding seat is equipped with an au- 
tomatic device which eliminates any 
manual operation on the part of the 
patron to raise and lower it. Fold- 
ing back some 70 degrees, or to a 
three-quarter position automatically, 
the chair seat permits exceptionally 
easy access, and when a patron 
wishes to permit another patron to 
pass in the aisle, the pressure of 
the former's body permits 90 de- 
gree or vertical elevation. 

Among the many additional ad- 
vantages, Olmsted states, are the 
new type spring arch seat, which 
eliminates coil springs, and the to- 
tal absence of tacks, screws or wood 
in the seat assembly. He also points 
out that the Bodiform compactness 
is in itself an innovation, and that 
comfort is arrived at without re- 
course to the recent practice of high 
and deep padding. 

Contracts for Goldberg 

Chicago — Joe Goldberg, Inc., re- 
ports the installation of Ideal 
De Luxe seats in the Harper Thea- 
ter, new carpets, lobby moderniza- 
tion and Ideal seats at the Palace 
Theater, Ft. Wayne, and complete 
modernization of the Fern Theater 
for the Charles Theater Co. of Chi- 
cago. 




Luminous Curtain 

Detroit — Thomas Ealand is installing 
a new advertising drop curtain in his 
Ferndale Theater, at Ferndale. Curtain, 
first of its type in this section, is made 
with luminous paint, which becomes 
alive under a spotlight. Curtain is being 
installed by the Woodard Display Co. 



White Way Sign Service 

Filling Neon Contracts 

Chicago — White Way Sign Ser- 
vice, which has recently taken over 
the Wagner Sign Service and con- 
solidated the respective staffs, re- 
ports several new neon jobs in the 
local territory which call for instal- 
lations for the Rialto, Joliet, of 
Great States circuit; Irving, of Es- 
saness, and the new Road Theater 
and the Ellington, respectively own- 
ed by Charles Nelson and the Good- 
man & Harris circuit. 

Tom Flannery, White Way exec, 
reports business outlook for Autumn 
months showing improvement over 
previous months. 



Willis Contracts Awarded 

Detroit — Albert Westaway, mana- 
ger of the Willis Theater, is com- 
pleting remodeling of the house. New 
projectors and front have been in- 
stalled by Amusement Supply Co.; 
new seating by International Seat- 
ing Corp.; new marquee by E. A. 
Long Sign Co. New carpeting, com- 
plete redecorating, new heating 
plant, and sound screen are also in- 
cluded in the remodeling. 

Barr in Chi. for NSS 

Chicago — Percy Barr has been 
named Chicago manager for Na- 
tional Screen Service, succeeding 
Tom Burke, resigned. Barr was St. 
Louis manager and he has been suc- 
ceeded there by Jack Washburn, 
from the Milwaukee office. 



Supplies Gatti Cameras 

Burgi Contner is supplying all 
the camera equipment on the Gatti 
Expedition to the Belgian Congo. 
Harry Squires, cameraman, left this 
week to join Gatti in Belgium. 



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New theater projects, coupled 
with remodeling and improvements 
to existing houses, will be under- 
taken by the Schine Circuit, Inc., 
on an unusually extensive scale dur- 
ing the 1938-39 season, it is learned 
by The Film Daily. 

J. Meyer Schine, circuit's presi- 
dent, to effectuate the expansion 
plans, has directed John Eberson, 
New York theater architect, to con- 
duct a survey aimed at the Arcade 
Theater property, Salisbury, Md., 
for complete arrangement of floor 
plans, revamping of auditorium and 
interior generally, refurnishing of 
reception rooms, and modernization 
of sound and projection equipment. 
House, when finished, will take a 
leading role in this new territory 
in which Schine has shown so much 
interest. 

Plaza Theater, Milford, Del., 
serving a large farming section, has 
recently been taken over by the 
Schine interests, and an examining 
crew of engineers and theater plan- 
ners is working out survey for floor 
plan remodeling, reseating, acousti- 
cal treatment, new front with mod- 
ern marquee, and new architectural 
rearrangements. 

Plans are being prepared by Eber- 
son for Schine's Strand, New Am- 
sterdam, N. Y., for a major remod- 
eling job, including balcony recon- 
struction and rearrangement of in- 
terior to increase seating capacity. 

Title has been cleared and active 
transfer of real estate has been 
made for the new Schine 1,600-seat- 
er, including 10 stores, in Oswego, 
N. Y., and this unit is expected to be 
ready some time next Spring. 

Eberson is preparing plans also 
for new Schine houses in Norwalk, 
O.; Perry, N. Y.; and for the 
Salamanca, N. Y., house for which 
property title has already been 
taken pending Spring construction. 
The Palace, Ashland, O., is to be 
remodeled and capacity increased to 
950. 



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Before such a pre-adjusted so 
reproduction system can be 
duced, theaters themselves wc 
have to be made identical — wr 
means identical acoustic conditic 
identical sound absorbency, idei 
cal auditorium characteris 
throughout. Until that occurs, 
production of pre-adjusted soi 
reproduction must be approacl 
from a different angle 

Certain significant developme 
make it possible to adapt the sou 
as it is recorded on the film, to p 
duce a uniformly good quality 
theaters with markedly differ 
characteristics. These developme 
are the result of co-operative 
search and interchange of scienti 
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of the Motion Picture Arts and 
ences, set up by 
themselves; the Society 
Picture Engineers, an organizati 
including sound experts of 
sound equipment manufacture 
organizations; and our own inc 
pendent service organization. 



THE producers themselves ha 
made, and continue to mal 
impressively large investments 
establishing interchangeability b 
tween the sound recording tec 
niques of the various studios. Th 
naturally, benefits the exhibit* 
for it aims at producing a soui 
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formulating standard procedures 

other rules governing the tech- 
ue of recording and reproducing. 
The interests of the exhibitors, 
all this co-operative endeavor, 

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roughly representative cross- 
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luding all types and sizes of trie- 
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RODUCERS and manufacturers 
alike, knowing this technical in- 
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sed and impartial, use it freely 
formulating new, improved tech- 
lues, both in recording and in re- 
ducing, as well as in making new 
provements in the design and 
nufacture of both recording and 
producing equipments. 
To bring to the exhibitor's pa- 
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slity of sound reproduction, these 
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uipment maker and the service 
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Sales of RCA motion picture the- 
ater and studio sound reproducing 
units in the entire foreign field have 
shown a substantial gain from Jan. 
1, to date, as compared with the 
corresponding period last year, it was 
said yesterday by Van Ness Philip, 
RCA Photophone export manager, 
following- his return to New York 
from a 15-week tour of several Eu- 
ropean countries and the Union of 
South Africa. 

Business upswing during the first 
nine months is expected to receive 
further stimulus in Europe from 
the improved political situation. 

In England, he said, RCA is get- 
ting an increasingly large portion 
of the total recording business. 
Film production there is very much 
depressed, due to the over-expan- 
sion which occurred a few years 
ago. However, during the first six 
months of 1938, Photophone equip- 
ment was used on 35.8 per cent of 
British-made pictures, a boost of 5 
per cent over 1937. 

Last year, the Union of South 
Africa was ninth in RCA Photo- 
phone's world market, but in 1938 
it jumped to fourth place, and may, 
with orders coming in, go even 
higher. Exhibs there are very much 
alive, he said, to necessity of re- 
placing worn out equipment. While 
in South Africa, he attended the 
opening of 20th-Fox' theater in 
Durban, country's most modern 
house, which uses Photophone 
equipment. 

French productions, in his opin- 
ion, are making major advances in 
both volume and general quality, 
and the industry faces a bright fu- 
ture, conditional only on interna- 
tional political and economic devel- 
opments. 

While in Belgium, he surveyed 
the market with eye to improving 
company's distribution facilities. 



Dolling Up Nugget 

Hanover, N. H. — The Nugget, unique 
because its entire orchestra is reserved 
for Dartmouth undergraduates, with 
townspeople using the balcony, is be- 
ing enlarged from 500 to 850 capacity. 
New blue leather seats, a new screen 
and air conditioning plant are going in. 



International Installs 

6,000 Chairs in Detroit 

Detroit — International Seat Cor- 
poration has recently installed 6,000 
seats in local houses, George W. 
Carr, representative, disclosed this 
week. Deals included reseating of: 
Great Lake, Detroit, and Lancaster, 
River Rouge, for the Funk and Lan- 
caster interests; Irving, Detroit, for 
John Golden; Dexter, Detroit, for 
Harry Brown; Lyons, at South Ly- 
ons, for Ed Carrow; and Lee at Car- 
son City for Lee Carrow. 

Carr is planning to open a new 
office, the first International has had 
independently here, on Cass Avenue, 
near the Film Building. 

Form New Sign Company 

Chicago— E. M. Posey, C. R. Hay- 
den and I. M. Hamilton have organ- 
ized the Animated Sign Co. with 
offices at 166 North Michigan Ave. 
to distribute equipment. 



NEW HYDRAULIC LIFT 
FOR CAMERA CARRIAGE 



A development which may revo- 
lutionize all movie camera carriages 
has been perfected by Gregg Toland, 
chief cinematographer for Samuel 
Goldwyn. It is a hydraulic lift 
which replaces the conventional 
style of tripod that is raised and 
lowered by a worm gear arrange- 
ment. 

The lift, no bigger than an ordi- 
nary movie camera tripod, is oper- 
ated by a lever that can be manipu- 
lated either by foot or by hand. 
Among its advantages is the speed 
with which it can be raised and its 
instantaneous lowering which is in- 
herent in hydraulics. It also, ac- 
cording to Toland, has a greater 
vertical range than similar mechani- 
cal tripods. 

The lift was designed by Toland 
and constructed in the Goldwyn stu- 
dio shops. He now plans to extend 
his development to a hydraulic cam- 
era parallel which is now being con- 
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74, NO. 89 



NEW YORK, MONDAY. OCTOBER 24, 1938 



TEN CENTS 



Distribs. Open Trade Talks With Indie Units Today 

SCHAEFERJKO ELECTIONJUE; heads subsidiaries 

Television's Arrival Fails to Worry Industry Executives 



50 Makers of Receiving Sets 

Hold RCA Licenses; 20 

Stations Active 

By GEORGE H. MORRIS 

FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
Film industry channels, in the 
wake of the statement by David 
Sarnoff, RCA president, that tele- 
vision in the home is now feasible 
and that the public will get sets by 
April, next, expressed on the week- 
end little concern over the announce- 
ment's implication that practical 
television is "just around the corner." 
While the Sarnoff declaration was 
appraised as a step forward in the 
fortunes of U. S. television because 
of the weight which the official spon- 
sorship of RCA naturally carries, 
feeling among pix execs, and in- 
dustry technicians is that the pro- 
nouncement was made with the idea 
of centering public interest at this 
time in the proposed television ac- 
tivities of the World's Fair. 
But despite the pix complacency, 

(Continued on Page 8) 



MAY ORGANIZE PHILLY 
ALLIED UNIT THURSDAY 



Philadelphia — Allied States is re- 
ported preparing to organize a unit 
here. 

It is understood that Abram F. 
Myers, Allied's general counsel and 
board chairman; Col. H. A. Cole and 

(Continued on Page 6) 



N. J. and N. Y. Allied 

Wait on Parley Results 

Atlantic City — Closely adhering to 
a "stand pat" policy, New Jersey 
and New York Allied closed their 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Prince Succeeds Bob Mochrie 
As UA So. Division Manager 

David Prince, United Artists 
branch manager in Atlanta, has 
been moved up to the post of south- 
(Continued on Page 8) 



Quebec Weighs Pix Classification Plan 

Montreal — Quebec Province at the next session of the Quebec legislature may 
adopt the Belgian system of making two classifications of films, one for adults and 
one for children, T. J. Coonan, K. C, Provincial Minister Without Portfolio, told an 
audience gathered at a preview of "Boys' Town." The guests were mainly Roman 
Catholic clerics and heads of catholic schools and organizations. They included 
representatives of the Centre Catholique de L'Action Cinematographique. 



Expect 600 Attendance at MPTOA 
Convention; 400 Reservations Made 



Oklahoma City — Advance reserva- 
tions for the MPTOA convention to 
open here Sunday are now at the 
400 mark with likelihood that at- 
tendance will be in excess of 600 
delegates representing several thou- 
sand theaters from all sections of 
the United States. 

Special train out of St. Louis is 



expected to bring several hundred. 
St. Louis territory will be repre- 
sented by about 100, while delega- 
tions from 20 up are expected from 
New Haven, Seattle, Chicago, 
Washington and other cities. 

Reservations to date at the of- 
ficial convention headquarters, the 

(Continued on Page 8) 



THE WEEK IN REVIEW 

"Progress" in Trade Parleys — Japan to Admit 80 U. S. Pix 

==^= By HOLLIS KENNAHAN 



DOMESTIC 

Biggest news of the week was 
the statement of W. F. Rodgers, 
distributors committee spokesman, 
that "definite progress" has been 
made since beginning of the all im- 
portant trade practice parleys. Sid- 
ney R. Kent, Ned E. Depinet, Grad 

(Continued on Page 8) 



FOREIGN 

It was reported in Japan that the 
government war ban on importa- 
tion of foreign films was about to 
be lifted, with 80 U. S. pix scheduled 
to be let in yearly. 

* * * 

A bill was introduced into the 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Allied to Resume Trade Practice 
Discussions in New York Tomorrow 



Would Subsidize Australia 
Producers at U. S. Expense 



Sydney (By Cable)— The M. P. 
Exhibitors' Ass'n of New South 
Wales has asked the State Govern- 
ment to tax American film distrib- 
utors $750,000 and to use that sum 
as a subsidy for Australian produc- 
ers. 



Representatives of independent 
theater units today will open nego- 
tiations with the distributors' trade 
practice committee, following a week 
of parleys by the two national or- 
ganizations with the distributors. 
Delegates representing exhibitors in 
southern California, Kentucky, Col- 
orado, Iowa, New York, Virginia 

(Continued on Page 2) 



Contract to be Signed When 

Company Emerges from 

Receivership 

Naming of George J. Schaefer as 
president of the parent RKO or- 
ganization is expected tomorrow 
following his 
election t o 
the presi- 
dency of the 
B. F. Keith 
Corp., K-A-0 
and RKO 
Radio Pic- 
tures on Fri- 
d a y . Leo 
Spitz, who 
tendered his 
res ignation 
as president 
of these 
three com- 
panies a t a 
meeting of their boards, has agreed 
to continue to serve in special mat- 
ters, according to an announcement 

(Continued on Page 6) 




CEORGE J. SCHAEFER 



LONDON HEARS UA AND 
BUCHANAN TALK DEAL 



London (By Cable) — Jack 
Buchanan-UA deal is reported in 
the making here. 

Meanwhile, Jack Buchanan Pro- 
ductions has stopped work in prog- 
ress on alterations to the recently 

(Continued on Page 2) 



Selznick, Whitney Arrive, 
With Huddle in Prospect 

David O. Selznick, president of 
Selznick International, arrives here 
this morning on the Century for a 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Mid-West Biz Improvement 
Index Best in 5 Yrs. — Ross 



Semi-annual poll of business made 
in and around Detroit, Chicago and 
Milwaukee by Ross Federal Service 

(Continued on Page 2) 



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(QUOTATIONS AS OF FRIDAY) 
NEW YORK STOCK MARKET 

Net 
High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 

Columbia Tiers, vtc. 1414 14'/ 8 M'/s — % 

Columbia Picts. pfd 

Con. Fm. Ind 214 2 2'/ 4 -f 14 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd... 1134 ny 2 115/ 8 + l/ 4 

East. Kodak 183 182 183 + 134 

do pfd 168i/ 2 I68V2 1 68 1/2 + Vi 

Gen. Th. Eq 15% 15 15!/ 2 

Loew's, Inc 56 '/ 2 56 56 + % 

do pfd 

Paramount 12'/ 2 12'/ 4 12'/ 4 

Paramount 1st pfd. . 99 98% 99 +2 
Paramount 2nd pfd.. 123/ 8 12y 4 123/ 8 + 1/4 

Pathe Film 10% 9% 93,4 

RKO 3Vg 3 3% + 1/4 

20th Century-Fox . . 27 V4 26 27 + 1/4 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 35'/ 2 35'/ 4 35'/ 2 + 1/4 

Univ. Pict. pfd 56 56 56 

Warner Bros 7'/ 2 7'/4 7V4 — % 

do pfd 37 37 37 — 1 

NEW YORK BOND MARKET 

Keith A-0 6s46 

Loew 6s 41-ww 102 101 3/4 102 + 1/4 

Para. B'way 3s55 

Para. Picts. 6s55. .100 98l/ 2 100 +2 

Para. Picts. cv. 3 V 4 s47 87 86'/ 2 86'/ 2 

RKO 6s41 78V 2 76 77+2 

Warner's 6s39 87 85'/ 2 86V2 + }Vi 

WB Picts. cv 6's 39 ct. 8414 83y 2 843/ 4 + 1 14 
NEW YORK CURB MARKET 

Grand National 7-16 7-16 7-16 

Monogram Picts. ... 2 2 2 

Sonotone Corp 1 '/ 2 1 y 2 1 '/ 2 

Technicolor 22'/ 2 2214 22'/ 4 

Trans-Lux 23/ 8 23/ 8 23/ 8 

Universal Picts 7'/ 2 7'/ 2 7y 2 



BBC Telecasts 4th Pix 

London (By Cable)— BBC televised 
its fourth full-length pix on Friday; 
feature was "So Ended a Great 
Love,'' produced on the Continent. 



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Picture and Distributor Theater 

If I Were King (Paramount Pictures) — 4th week Paramount 

Dark Rapture (Universal Pictures) — 3rd week Globe 

Suez (20th Century-Fox) — 2nd week Roxy 

The Sisters (Warner Bros. Pictures) — 2nd week Strand 

Dracula (Universal Pictures) — 2nd week (a-d) Rialto 

Frankenstein (Universal Pictures) — 2nd week (a-d) Rialto 

Stablemates ( Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer Pictures) Capitol 

Mad Miss Manton (RKO Radio Pictures) Music Hall 

Service de Luxe (Universal Pictures) Rivoli 

Cirls on Probation (Warner Bros. Pictures) Criterion 

Law of the Texan (Columbia Pictures) Central 

Valley of the Giants (Warner Bros. Pictures) (a-b) Palace 

Hold That Co-Ed (20th Century-Fox) (a) Palace 

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Marie Antoinette (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) — 10th week Astor 

♦ FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURES ♦ 

The Edge of the World (Pax Films)— 7th week 55th St. Playhouse 

Grand Illusion (World Pictures) — 6th week Filmarte 

The Story of a Cheat (Gallic Films) — 4th week 5th Ave. Playhouse 

Flight Into Darkness (Frank Kassler) — 2nd week Belmont 

The Papanin Diary (Amkino) — 2nd week (a) Cameo 

Lullaby (Amkino) — 2nd week (a) .Cameo 

Lily of Killarney (William Alexander) Squire 

The Singing Blacksmith Continental 

♦ FUTURE OPENINGS ♦ 

Men With Wings (Paramount Pictures) — Oct. 26 Paramount 

Touchdown Army (Paramount Pictures) — Oct. 27 Criterion 

Straight, Place and Show (20th Century-Fox) — Oct. 27 (a-b) Palace 

Secrets of an Actress (Warner Bros. Pictures) — Oct. 27 (a) Palace 

Brother Rat (Warner Bros. Pictures) — Nov. 4 Strand 

The Citadel (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) (c) Capitol 

The Man with a Hundred Faces (Gaumont British) (c) Rialto 

Five of a Kind (20th Century-Fox) (c) Globe 

That Certain Age (Universal Pictures) (c) Roxy 

Danton (German Picture) — Oct. 25 Cameo 

This'll Make You Whistle (C & M Pictures)— Oct. 31 1....55th St. Playhouse 

(a) Double bill. (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. (d) Revival. 



Independent Units Hold 
Trade Reform Talks Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 

and Utah will be present at to- 
day's sessions. 

Allied's committee, which met 
with the distributors in New York 
on Wednesday and Friday of last 
week, is scheduled to resume nego- 
tiations tomorrow. W. F. Rodgers, 
spokesman for the distributors' com- 
mittee, stated over the week-end 
that definite progress had been 
made with the Allied group. It is 
believed that a tentative platform 
will have been reached at the con- 
clusion of tomorrow's sessions. 

MPTOA's committee will present 
a resume of its conversations with 
the distributors to its members next 
week when the organization's an- 
nual convention gets under way in 
Oklahoma City. Informal discus- 
sions to take up some "loose ends" 
are likely to be held in New York 
this week. 

It is believed that when all pre- 
liminary conferences have been 
completed, committees representing 
the various exhibitor units will be 
called back to New York for the 
final establishment of a fair trade 
practice plan, provided, of course, 
all parties concerned are in accord. 



Legit. Out, Pix Back 

Albany — Harmanus Bleecker Hall, 
operated by Fabian Enterprises, re- 
turns to pictures today after a whirl 
at legit policy. 



Mid-West Biz Improvement 
Index Best in 5 Yrs. — Ross 



(Continued from Page 1) 

as a contribution to the film indus- 
try netted "by far the most en- 
couraging index to improvement in 
business in the last five years," it 
was said over the week-end by 
Harry A. Ross, prexy. 

Settlement of labor disputes has 
spurrred new enterprises in the 
Milwaukee area, Ross stated, adding 
that there was marked improvement 
in the milk and cheese industries. 
Wisconsin industries which had been 
operating with a skeleton force have 
reopened to over 65 per cent of 1929 
capacity. 

A sharp upturn brought about by 
new business activity can be anti- 
cipated by theater men in the Chi- 
cago sector, Ross declared^ while in 
Detrot there is assurance of excel- 
lent b.o. returns for the winter 
months, due to the motor industry's 
re-employment schedule. 



UA Deal With Buchanan 

Reported on in London 



(Continued from Page 1) 

acquired Riverside Studios. Nego- 
tiations admittedly are in progress 
which, if completed, will involve a 
considerably increased production 
schedule and will necessitate greater 
alterations in the studio than orig- 
inally intended. 



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DAVID O. SELZNICK, president of Selznicl 
International, and MRS. SELZNICK, arrive ii 
New York this morning on the Century. 

JOHN HAY WHITNEY, SI board chairman 
arrived from the Coast over the week-end. 

DAVID LOEW is expected from th^jl ^oasl 
today. 

HERMAN WOBBER, general manager of dis 
tribution for 20th-Fox, leaves on Friday for 
Oklahoma City and Los Angeles. 

EDMUND C. GRAINGER, Universal producer, 
arrives from the Coast today. 

HERMAN ROBBINS, head of National Screen, 
left for California over the week-end. 

WILLIAM C. CEHRINC, central division man- 
ager for 20th-Fox, returned to the home office 
over the week-end from Montreal. 

ARTHUR A. LEE, vice-president and general 
manager of Gaumont British, returns to the 
home office today after a short stay in Can- 
ada. 

GEORGE CONVERSE, of Filmex, Inc., leaves 
Hollywood for New York on Nov. 1 for a five 
weeks' stay here. 

DON ALEXANDER, JR., assistant sales man- 
ager of Alexander Films, has arrived in New 
York from Colorado Springs. 

WILLIAM B. LEVY, European representative 
of Walt Disney Enterprises, sailed Saturday on 
the Champlain. 

F. J. A. MCCARTHY, Eastern sales manager 
for Universal, returns to the home office today 
after a two-week sales trip. 

FREDERICK LONSDALE is stopping at thl 
Savoy Plaza. 

ROLAND YOUNG arrived in New York Satur- 
day from the Coast. 

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR., arrives in New 
York today for a vacation. 

CHARLES BOULTON, Floyd Gibbons prize 
winner, arrives in New York today by plane. 

TED CURTIS of Eastman Films returned yes- 
terday to Rochester. 



No New Clearance Talks 

Chicago — There have been no fur- 
ther conferences looking to a solu- 
tion of the clearance controversy 
here since those held with distribu- 
tors' representatives on Oct. 6, it. 
was said Friday by Jack Kirsch, 
prexy, and Aaron Stein, counsel, for 
Allied of Illinois. 



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No show in many, many months has 
created so much talk as RKO Radio's 
"A Man To Remember ". .Hollywood 's 
preview critics discovered it. Bookers, 
circuit heads and managers, convinced 
it is a 'sleeper 'are arranging booking 
and laying plans to give it the works. 
Columnists and svndicate writers have 
taken up the chorus of praise, and seem 
determined to make everybody in America 
see it. Some of the big magazines are 
throwing out other layouts and remaking 
their pages to include pictures and news 
of this simple picture that is all heart 
and carries a heavyweight wallop to the 
chin. 






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DAILY 



Monday, October 24, 1938 



SGHAEFER RKO ELC'T'N 
DUE: HEADS SUBSIDS. 



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(Continued from Page 1) 

by the Irving Trust Co., trustees of 
RKO. 

Schaefer and the parent RKO 
company will not enter into any 
contract until the latter comes out 
of receivership, which may be to- 
morrow, a reliable source said over 
the week-end. In any interim, how- 
ever, Schaefer will be active as 
president, chairman of the board 
and a director of K-A-O, B. F. Keith 
Corp. and RKO Radio Pictures. 

Spitz is hopeful of returning to 
his Chicago law practice as soon as 
he can wind up his affairs in New 
York. Becom- 
ing head of 
RKO three 
years ago, he 
is credi ted 
with being 
1 a r g e ly re- 
sponsible for 
the present 
financial sta- 
bility of the 
organization. 
His record as 
a busin ess 
builder and 
an executive 
in the mo- 
tion picture field had its beginning 
in 1925 when he represented B & K 
when that circuit acquired the Lub- 
liner & Trinz chain. Spitz also was 
actively instrumental in removing 
Paramount from bankruptcy. 

Schaefer is considered one of the 
ablest distribution executives in the 
business, entering the industry in 
1914 as secretary to L. J. Selznick. 
After serving in responsible posts 
with World Film Corp., he joined 
Paramount in 1920 and rose to the 
position of vice-president, resigning 
in 1935. The following year he 
joined United Artists as vice-pres- 
dent in charge of distribution, leav- 
ing that post on Oct. 7 of this year. 
Luncheon in the Rainbow Room 
for Schaefer was given Friday by 
Ned E. Depinet, RKO's sales chief. 
In the party were Spitz, Jules Levy, 
John J. O'Connor, A. H. McCaus- 
land, 0. C. Doering, Malcolm Kings- 
berg, Peter Rathvon and A. Chris- 
tensen. 




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Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 

to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 24 

Byron Morgan 

Dan J. Smolen 

Cilda Gray 

Arthur W. Stebbins 

Josef Zimanich 



ALCNG THE 




with PHIL M. DALY 



• • • TIE-UP for live Showmen with libraries and schools 

in connection with Children's Book Week, November 13-19 

sponsored by the American Library Association which has pre- 
pared two splendid posters loaded down with eye-appeal 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • ONE POSTER carries the caption: "Good books culti- 
vate imagination — Great movies bring their characters to life" 

the striking poster done in a vivid blue has a montage of 

character scenes from such adaptations of books as "Gunga Din," 

"The Great Waltz," "Suez," "If I Were King" the second 

poster is a smash five-foot shelf of books from which great movies 
were made, such as "Robin .Hood," "The Three Musketeers," 

"Captains Courageous," "Adventures of Tom Sawyer" the 

caption on this poster is: "Good books, Good movies, New 
worlds" 

T T T 

• • • THESE POSTERS are being distributed to librarians by the 

Hays office with a pamphlet which lists 81 of the recent motion 

pictures made from books that carry youthful audience appeal Ih e ■ 

suggestion of course is that these titles are suitable for Book Week 

library-film exhibits the exhibitor can tie in nicely by spotting 

any available film adaptations on the list into the week's showing 

T T T 

• • • COCKTAILS in the Air meaning the 67th floor 

of the RCA building as United Artists goes into high for a 

hi-dee-ho celeb in the Rainbow Room's Club Lounge tomor- 
row at five in the eve and don't try to crash the gate without 

an invite they are liable to slide you down the 67-floor chute 

on your ear and serve you right, say we the guests of 

honor will be Five Film Folk of current importance in UA 

attractions Ann Sothern, Roland Young, Patsy Kelly, Doug 

Fairbanks, Jr., Raymond Massey ...... 

T T T 

• • • THAT FORWARD march of American industry is signalized 

by George J. Schaefer chief of the current Drive who notes 

the Box-Office upsurge as preceding the present upswing in the steel 

and automotive industries with thousands of men added to big 

industry payrolls and as Mr. Schaefer truly says: "We are not 

simply blowing our own horn when we claim our right to belong in the 
first line of march in this upward parade." 

T T T 

• • • CARRYING on the battle of business in the midst 

of the business of battle is the arresting legend on the cover 

of the United Artists' foreign house organ, "Around the World" 

which backs up the assertion with captions covering the 

company's film activities in Prague, London, Rome, Paris, Warsaw 

during the recent world crisis as Foreign Publicity Director 

Samuel Cohen observes: "A graphic illustration of the outstand- 
ing role motion pictures are playing in helping to maintain the 

morale of the peoples of the world in these turbulent times" 

"and a vivid reminder of the magnificent job the foreign film 
representatives are doing under extremely trying circumstances" 

and have Sam tell you about that Norman Westwood lad, 

Shanghai manager wotta story! ...» John T. Holmes, 

prexy of the Warner Club, was feted at a dinner-dance at the 

Hotel Dorset last Friday Glenda Farrell, the Warner "Torchy" 

gal, was the honor guest at Leon and Eddie's Celebrity Nite 



MAY ORGANIZE PHILLY 
ALLIED UNIT THURSDAY 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Sidney Samuelson will come to Phil- 
adelphia next Thursday to attend a 
meeting of Philly area exhibitors to 
be held at the Broadwood Hot^S 

Delegation of 11 local exhibsV -±p- 
resenting 37 theaters, attended a 
session of the N. J. Allied conven- 
tion last week. 

Allied at one time had the IEPA 
as an affiliate here. 



N. J. and N. Y. Allied 

Wait on Parley Results 

(Continued from Page 1) 
paralleling conventions here Friday. 

Neither took any direct action on 
the questions discussed at the sev- 
eral business sessions except that 
of games. New Jersey declared 
against them, with New York in 
favor. No plans were formulated 
to translate the avowed New Jersey 
policy into action, however. 

Closing sessions were devoted to 
discussion of the results of a prod- 
uct survey. No summary was made 
available for publication. 

President Irving Dollinger, de- 
scribing the New Jersey convention 
as "routine," said that this course 
was dictated by the fact that trade 
reform parleys were now in prog- 
ress. "We have no immediate plans, 
pending the result of the New York 
conferences," he told The Film 
Daily. 

New York Allied will strive to 
effect a closely knit exhibitor or- 
ganization, representative of the en- 
tire state, President Max Cohen an- 
nounced as the New York convention 
adjourned. A regional meeting is 
planned for Buffalo next month; 
election of officers, scheduled at the 
convention, was deferred until a 
state session in January. 



Educational Stockholders 
Meet Adjourned to Nov. 15 

Owing to the absence of a quorum, 
Educational stockholders were un- 
able to elect officers for the year at 
a stockholders' meeting Friday af- 
ternoon. The meeting was adjourned 
to Nov. 15. 



Bernstein Joins Variety 
Editorial Staff in N. 



Abraham Bernstein, for the last 
seven years New York managing 
editor of the Hollywood Reporter, 
has resigned to join the editorial 
staff of Variety here. 



No Para. Changes 

West Coast Bur., 'THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Presence here of Barney 
Balaban, Para, prexy, and other New 
York company execs, is not indicative 
of drastic changes at the studio, it is 
learned. Emphasis, however, is on 

economy, due to drop in foreign revenue. 



Monday, October 24, 1938 



DAILY 



.v :< REVIEWS Of THE flEW flLflS :< '< 



"Angels With Dirty 
Faces" 

with James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Ann 

.^ Sheridan 

W'Jrs 97 mins. 

SETS NEW MILESTONE IN GANGSTER 
DRAMAS WITH POWERFUL HUMAN 
STORY CRAMMED WITH THRILLS AND 
EMOTION. 

One of the cleverest concoctions of 
pulse-pounding excitement, heart-stopping 
thrills and throat-catching emotional human 
touches ever to hit the screen. Large 
praise, but this Warner whirlwind of power- 
drama is something to let your hair down 
about and give it the ole showman gun on 
all counts. Any exhibitor who can't knock 
off recent box-office records with this 
b.o. baby is simply asleep at the turnstile 
switch. Look what you've got to play 
with: Names — Jimmy Cagney, Pat O'Brien, 
"Dead End" Kids, Humphrey Bogart, George 
Bancroft. And what a lineup of tough-egg 
talent that is! Story — we offer it as our 
well considered opinion that this story has 
never been topped in its theme-field for 
downright excitement, close-knit driving 
punch, glamour of gangsterism contrasted 
with the finer things in life building to a 
great emotional climax with the humanities 
triumphing. It extracts every last ounce 
of entertainment value out of the thrills, 
menace, danger and suspense of the gang- 
ster phases, and then builds into a really 
great story by the way in which the decent 
th : ngs in human nature finally triumph. 
Warners have done a great service to the 
industry in pointing the way to the proper 
handling of the gangste.r theme so that 
not even the narrowest-minded reactionary 
can find material to quibble with. Cagney is 
contrasted throughout with O'Brien, the 
first going the gangster route and the 
other entering the priesthood as they 
grow up from tough kids of the tenements 
together. Cagney returns to his old 
haunts after doing a stretch. He hunts up 
the underworld mouthpiece to get his cut 
of one hundred grand and finds Bogart 
the head of new rackets working with 
a big politician (Bancroft). Events hit a 
fast pace and keep building to a terrific 
crescendo of excitement. The hoodlums 
in the old tenement neighborhood, played 
by the "Dead End" Kids, worship Cagney 
as their hero. O'Brien as the priest work- 
ing to build clean lives through healthy 
sports, finds that his old boy pal is de- 
stroying all his work, and also threatening 
the happiness of Ann Sheridan, the girl 
they both have known from childhood. 
Also the city is menaced by the gangs- 
ter-political combo, of which Cagney has 
become the virtual dictator. Then the 
priest declares war, opens up with radio 
and newspaper blasts. The politician and 
gangster head are out to stop the priest 
as he gets ready to name names. Cagney 
kills them, and escapes into a warehouse. 
He goes berserk, and shoots down cops as 
a platoon surrounds the neighborhood and 
stages a pitched battle. Then the excite- 
ment sequences of the priest's intercession 
to bring his pal out alive, his trial, con- 
viction and electrocution. That final chap- 
ter brings a punch climax that few pic- 



"Men With Wings" 

with Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, Louise 

Campbell, Andy Devine 
Paramount 105 Mins. 

DRAMATIC, THRILLING AND WARM 
WITH HUMAN APPEAL, SAGA OF AVIA- 
TION SHOULD BE TERRIFIC ATTRAC- 
TION FOR EVERY TYPE OF AUDIENCE. 

The thrilling saga of aviation, the strug- 
gle of man to conquer the air, told from 
its infancy to its established place in the 
world of today, is presented brilliantly by 
Paramount. Truly a cavalcade of aviation, 
the film should appeal strongly to every 
type of audience. Dramatic and powerful, 
there is also a warmly human story that 
brings laughs and tears, as well as thrills 
and suspense. Heartbreak and applause 
go hand in hand with progress, and a mag- 
nificiently written script moves the story 
faithfully from one year to another in the 
progress of aviation, and the men and wo- 
men who made planes. The acting in the 
picture is excellent from the top of the 
cast to the least important extra. Fred 
MacMurray is fine as the flyer, hero of 
the war, but victim of a burning desire for 
action that takes him away from his wife 
and child to far fields, and finally death. 
Ray Milland, the designer, who also is in 
love with the girl MacMurray marries, 
achieves new stature with his perform- 
ance. It couldn't have been better. Louise 
Campbell is charming, talented, and ani- 
mated as the girl of the story. Andy De- 
vine is amusing and effective as M il land's 
faithful mechanic. Porter Hall, Lynn Over- 
man, Kitty Kelly, Virginia Weidler and the 
rest of the cast are all fine. Walter Abel 
does a particularly fine bit as a pioneer 
flyer, who dying, tells his wife to be sure 
and tell the other flyers to cut off their 
motors when they crash. The direction of 



tures have equalled for downright drama. 
The priest pleads with the condemned 
gangster to go to the chair yellow — to 
break down like a dog, so that those kids 
back in the tenements won't worship him 
as their hero who took it with a laugh. 
He refuses. And at the very last, does 
the one great thing of his life and goes 
"yellow" with a vengeance, crying and 
cringing as they pull him to the chair. You 
don't see this. You only hear it. With 
the atmosphere, and the silhouettes on the 
death-chamber wall punching home the 
drama. It's a great "last-mile" finish. 
Director Curtiz has done one of the finest 
heart-stopping dramas of the day. The 
acting of a superb cast is tops. So, ex- 
hibitors, give it all you can on a doubled 
ballyhoo budget, and you won't regret it. 

CAST: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Hum- 
ohrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Ban- 
croft, Billy Hal lop, Bobby Jordon, Leo Gor- 
rey, Gabriel Dell, Huntz Hall, Bernard 
Punsley, Joe Downing, Edward Pawley, 
Adrian Morris, Frankie Burke, William 
Tracey, Marilyn Knowlden. 

CREDITS: Producer, Sam Bischoff; Direc- 
tor, Michael Curtiz; Author, Rowland 
Brown; Screenplay, John Wexley, Warren 
Duff; Editor, Owen Marks; Cameraman, 
Sol Polito. 

DIRECTION. Excellent. PHOTOGRA- 
PHY, Grade A. 



William A. Wellman is superb. He paces 
the story well, achieves tremnedous drama 
and warm emotion, without at any time 
letting the story become uninteresting or 
unwieldy. Wellman also gets credit for 
the production value, which is top notch. 
Robert Carson rates heavy plaudits for his 
brilliant screenplay, excellent from begin- 
ning to end. The whole technical staff 
rates applause. Filmed in Technicolor, 
the film is enhanced to a great extent. 
Turning back time, the film starts with 
the epic flight made at Kitty Hawk by the 
Wrights. Then comes experiment after j 
experiment, the war, Lindbergh, Amelia Ear- J 
hart, and numerous other immortals in the 
annals of aviation, but the thread of the 
story runs true to the end. Struggles, suc- 
cess and disaster carry the principals 
through the years, with their greatest suc- 
cess achieved at the time MacMurray dies 
in China; ready to go home, but not until 
he makes one more foray against the 
enemy, his last, but Milland, faithful 
through the years, is still at the side of 
the only girl the two men ever loved. A 
particularly moving, and also amusing se- 



quence opens the picture when the prin- 
cipals are children. 

CAST: Fred MacMurray, Louise Camp- 
bell, Ray Milland, Andy Devine, Walter 
Abel, Virginia Weidler, Porter Hall, Lynn 
Overman, James Burke, Willard Robertson, 
Donald O'Connor, Billy Cook, Dorothy Ten- 
nant, Charles Williams, Juanita Quigley, 
Marilyn Knowlden 

CREDITS: Produced and Directed by Wil- 
liam A. Wellman; Screenplay, Robert Car- 
son; Editor, Tommy Scott; Cameraman, W. 
Howard Greene; Technicolor Adviser, 
Natalie Kalmus. 

DIRECTION, Brilliant. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Excellent. 



Shoots "Jai-Alai" Short 

Sam Marino, veteran cameraman, 
has turned producer of short sub- 
jects and is currently shooting a 
one-reeler on "Jai-Alai." He re- 
cently completed "All Girl Life-_ 
guards" and is releasing it through 
Central Films. 




Cowboys! Indians! Oil 
fields! Rodeos! Scenic 
beauty! That's the back- 
ground for an important 
meeting of leading 
showmen and their wives. 
Reservations: J.C. Rader, 
Biltmore Hotel,Oklahoma 
City. (Rates $2.50 up) 

"You'll be 'Big Chief Sitting 
Pretty' for 4 Great Days!" 






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&*\ DAILY 



Monday, October 24, 1938 



600 ATTENDANCE SEEN 
FOR MPTOA SESSIONS 



(Continued from Page 1) 

Biltmore Hotel, are listed as fol- 
lows, with several of the names re- 
serving from three to six rooms for 
others, unnamed, whom they are 
bringing with them. The list fol- 
lows: 

Alfred M. and Lester Sack of Sack 
Amusement Co., Dallas; H. B. Snook 
and Ed Auger of RCA, New York; 
William F. Rodgers and E. W. Aaron 
of Metro, New York; Russel Borg, 
Kansas City; R. R. Biechele, Kansas 
City; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barron, 
Pratt, Kan.; M. M. Buchanan, Chi- 
cago; Les Abbott and R. E. Klech- 
ner, Chicago; A. Broggini, Cleve- 
land; J. A. Hammond, Cleveland; 
G. H. Meyer, Cleveland; G. Carey, 
Paris, Ark.; Victor Cornelius, East- 
, land, Texas; E. B. Coleman, Dallas; 
Walter E. Green, Cleveland; Oscar 
S. Oldknow, Los Angeles; Frank Cas- 
sill, St. Joseph; Mrs. Cecil Capp, 
Arkadelphia; Douglas Desch, Kan- 
sas City; H. B. Doering, Garnett, 
Kan.; Roy Durmock, Atchinson, 
Kan.; William G. Formby, Kansas 
City; T. W. Edwards, Eidon, Mo.; 
W. R. Ferguson, New York City; 
Charles and W. E. Gregon, Kansas 
City. 

J. G. Haney, Colorado Springs; 
O. B. Hunt, S. W. Hand, Kansas 
City; A. C. Hayman, Buffalo; Fen- 
ton Jones, Kansas City; George 
Hartman, North Kansas City: F. C. 
Hensler, Kansas City; E. A. Harris, 
Kansas City; E. T. Jones, Ralph 
Larned, Camden, N. J.; Edward G. 
Levy, New Haven; Harry Loewen- 
stein, Ardmore; Sidney B. Lust, 
Washington; Jack London, June 
Metcalf, Kansas City; W. J. Mc- 
Kinney, Topeka; Arthur Ungar, Hol- 
lywood; C. L. McCoy, Dallas; Ben 
Marcus, Kansas City; A. A. Moud- 
ler, Sapulpa; S. E. Pirtle, Jersey- 
ville, 111.; Hugh Owen, Dallas; 
George Neacher, Vallev Falls, Kan.; 
George K. O'Rourke, Dallas; C. C. 
Koontz, Dallas; Fred Pickrel, Ponca 
City; J. C. Pennington, Kansas City. 

Dave Palfreyman, MPPDA, New 
York City; Lewen Pizor, Philadel- 
phia; Ed Rolsky, Kansas Citv; J. T. 
Roberts and H. B. Robb, Dallas; Al 
Steen, Film Daily staff writer, New 
York City; A. J. Simmons, Lamar, 
Mo.; Louis Sosna, Mobeley; Sam 
Sosna, Manhattan; S. Schwahm, 
Lawrence; H. J. Strowig, Abilene; 
W. E. Scott, New York City; 0. F. 
Sullivan, Wichita; John C. Stapel, 
Rockport; Wallace Walthall, Roy 
D. Thresh, Dallas; C. B. Akers, Dal- 
las; Herman Wobber, New York 
City; W. J. Kupper, New York City; 
R. X. Williams, Oxford, Miss.; War- 
ren Webber, Stafford, Kan.; C. E. 
Williams, Omaha; Judge and Mrs. 
Roy Walker, Lampas Pass, Tex.; 
Mitchell Wolfson, Miami, E. Wag- 
ner, Chicago; R. F. Wilburn, Dun- 
can; W. Johnson, New Orleans; Sid- 
ney B. Lust, New York City; Al- 
len Bachwacht, A. J. Brylawski and 



THE WEEK IN REVIEW 

"Progress" in Trade Parleys — Japan to Admit 80 U. S. Pix 



DOMESTIC 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Sears and Rodgers were active dur- 
ing the week, conferring with both 
the Allied and MPTOA committees. 



It was reported that accord had 
been reached between the groups on 
some points and general predictions 
were made following the parleys 
that some program would be formu- 
lated which would meet with ap- 
proval of all groups concerned. 

Television will be here next April, 
David Sarnoff, RCA head, stated 
during the week. Following this, a 
flood of television stories and data 
filled the newspapers, and became 
a subject of importance in the film 
industry as speculation was made in 
all quarters on theater possibilities. 



Extensive discussion of television 
was expected at the fall convention 
of the SMPE. 

Sam Smith, British Lion head, ar- 
rived from England for conferences 
with Herbert J. Yates on Republic's 
English program to fill quota needs. 

FOREIGN 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Argentinian legislature that would 
set up a censor board and tax dis- 
tribs. for maintenance, but vigor- 
ous opposition seemed certain. 

Settlement of the ABP-Ostrer suit 
was reported in London. From the 
same city came a report that Oscar 
Deutsch would head the Odeon-GB 
circuit if the rumored merger went 
through. The Italian situation re- 
mained in status quo. Improvement 
in Canadian biz was reported. 



TELE ARRIVAL FAILS 
TO WORRY FILM EXECS 



Prince Succeeds Bob Mochrie 
As UA So. Division Manager 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ern division manager, succeeding 
Robert Mochrie, who is leaving the 
company. Jeff Davis, UA salesman 
in Philadelphia, has been promoted 
to the branch managership of the 
Atlanta office. The southern divi- 
sion comprises the Atlanta, Char- 
lotte, Dallas and New Orleans ter- 
ritories. 

Other UA sales staff changes dur- 
ing the last two weeks include the 
shifting of Ben Robins, Detroit 
salesman, to St. Louis as branch 
manager, succeeding William Feld- 
stein, resigned. Clarence Eiseman, 
Pittsburgh manager, was moved to 
New York in the same capacity. 

Meanwhile, a reduction in the 
home office sales department per- 
sonnel was reported over the week- 
end, with 10 persons being dropped. 

Chick Lewis, New York City; 
George Weeks, salesmanager Mono- 
gram; H. V. Harvey, California; Joe 
Lehoni, Pittsburgh; Sam Abend and 
Rube Finkelstein, Kansas City; L. 
W. Connor, W. E. Gregory, C. J. 
Zern, all of Kansas City; Phil Isley 
of Tulsa; W. Johnson, President 
Motion Picture Advertising Service, 
Inc., New Orleans; J. Means, of 
Kansas City. 

Morris Loewenstein, MPTOA con- 
vention chairman has asked that all 
mail on convention matters be ad- 
dressed to him at the Majestic The- 
ater. 

Additional committee appoint- 
ments made include T. B. Noble, Jr., 
and C. B. Akers as co-chairmen of 
the greeting committee which will 
be composed of MPTO board mem- 
bers dressed in cowboy regalia; 
Claude O. Fulgum and Ernest Mot- 
ley as co-chairman of the transpor- 
tation committee; Bob Browning to 
the transportation committee and 
Lew, Chatham as sergeant-at-arms 
for the convention. 



Selznick, Whitney Arrive, 
With Huddles in Prospect 

(Continued from Page 1) 

one-day stay. He is accompanied by 
Mrs. Selznick. 

John Hay Whitney, SI board 
chairman, was scheduled to arrive 
from the Coast over the week-end 
by plane. It is expected that Whit- 
ney and Selznick will huddle on pro- 
duction plans today before Selznick 
leaves town to work on the GWTW 
script. 



All Griffith Partners Will 
Attend MPTOA's Convention 



Oklahoma City — The Griffith 
Amusement Co. has decided not to 
hold its managers meeting in con- 
junction with the MPTOA conven- 
tion here due to holiday interference 
and the required withdrawal of per- 
sonnel from the organization for 
the meeting. All Griffith directors 
and partners, 26 in number, have 
signified intention of attending, 
however. 



Richey, Moon May Announce 
New Connections This Week 



H. M. Richey, former Ailed di- 
rector and officer in Co-operative 
Theaters of Michigan, may announce 
a new connection this week. Richey 
returned to Detroit over the week- 
end and will be back in New York 
tomorrow. 

Ray Moon, also former Co-opera- 
tive leader, may make an announce- 
ment this week. 

120,671 See "Suez" In Week 

Concluding its first week at the 
Roxy last Thursday night, "Suez," 
new 20th-Fox picture, played to a 
total of 120,671 people, it was an- 
nounced on Friday. Week-end busi- 
ness for the start of the second 
week's run was said to have been 
stronger than during the first week. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

The Film Daily learned authori- 
tatively over the week-end that (a) 
RCA salesmen already are soliciting 
established radio stations tq® ur- 
chase television equipment V *der 
RCA licenses; (b) RCA to date hasi 
licensed 50 receiving set manufac- 
turers and prospective set makers, 
and (c) as soon as FCC is con- 
vinced that several television sta- 
tions, operated by divergent and 
unaffiliated interests, can present 
programs of a satisfactory standard, 
it will permit programs to go under 
commercial sponsorship. Latter is 
likely to occur sooner than is gen- 
erally expected. 

Checkup by The Film Daily, fol- 
lowing the Sarnoff announcement, 
discloses that more than 20 tele- 
vision stations are more or less ac- 
tive currently; that these are op- 
erated by approximately 15 different 
companies, individuals and colleges; 
and that two additional stations are 
proposed for construction in New 
York State and others in northern 
New Jersey and Connectcut. 

The latter stations include GE's 
proposed unit which will rise in the 
Albany area; that authorized late 
last week by FCC for construction 
by Allen B. Dumont Laboratories, 
Inc., of Upper Montclair, N. J.; and 
the rumored project calling for a 
RCA-built station for Stromberg- 
Carlson Telephone Mfg. Co., of 
Rochester, "somewhere in the West- 
ern New York territory." 

In granting the license to Du- 
mont Laboratories, FCC declared 
the applicant's program of research 
and experimentation indicates "rea- 
sonable promise of substantial con- 
tribution to the development of the 
television broadcast art." Dumont 
plans to telecast from midnight to 
9 a.m. Considerable interest was 
aroused in the granting of the li- 
cense to Dumont Laboratories, since 
that organization is financially 
linked up with Paramount. 

Don Lee Broadcasting System, it 
is learned, has applied to FCC for 
a new station in the San Francisco 
area, and GE's application is not 
only for its unit in the Schenectady- 
Albany sector, but also for another 
station in Bridgeport, Conn. There 
is also before the Commission a GE 
application for a solely visual sta- 
tion in Schenectady. 

List of stations which have re- 
ceived FCC licenses include, addition- 
ally, CBS, New York; Don Lee 
Broadcastng System, Los Angeles; 
Farnsworth Television, Philadelphia; 
First National Television, Kansas 
City; Kansas State College, Manhat- 
tan, Kansas; NBC, New York (two); 
Philco Radio & Television Corp., 
Philadelphia (two); Purdue Univer- 
sity, West Lafayette, Ind.; Radio 
Pictures, Inc., Long Island City; 
RCA, Camden (three); University 
of Iowa, Iowa City (two), and Zen- 
ith Radio Corp., Chicago. 



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EXPECT TO NEGOTIATE NEW UA CONTRACT— SELZNICK 

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Announce MPTOA Convention Com. Heads, Program 






Chairmanship Assignments for 

Oklahoma Meet Made 

by Kuykendall 

By ERNEST W. FAIR 

FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Oklahoma City — With a flood of 
reservations indicating 1 that the 
week-end forecast of a 600 attend- 
ance was modest, tentative program 
for the MPTOA convention open- 
ing here next Sunday was made 
public yesterday. At the same time, 
appointment of special committee 
chairmen by President Ed Kuyken- 
dall was announced. 

Named to serve at the convention 
were: 

Credentials and Rules, Edward G. 
Levy of New Haven; Unfair Trade 
Practices, 0. C. Lam of Rome, Geor- 

(Coutmued on Page 6) 



PARA. PURCHASES 
JOE MORRIS MUSIC GO. 



Paramount has purchased the Joe 
Morris Music Co. and will combine 
it with the Paramount Music Corp., 
it was announced yesterday by Lou 
Diamond, head of the company's 
music subsidiaries. Deal was closed 
Friday and becomes effective on 
Nov. 1. Thus Paramount becomes 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Hear Gulf Gas to Sponsor 
SAG Air Show from Coast 



Gulf Gas will be the commercial 
sponsor of the projected SAG hour 
air show, it is reported. 

Deal, it is understood, calls for 
39 weeks, with options for two years 

{Continued on Page 4) 



Star-Fitted Stories Help 

Box Office, Says Grainger 

Strong showing made by Holly- 
wood feature product thus far this 
season is attributable to four fac- 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Industry Must Wait Turn on Wage-Hours 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Film industry must wait its turn for specific wage-hours definitions 
or interpretations. Calvert MacGruder, general counsel for Administrator Elmer F. 
Andrews, so declared yesterday, adding that thus far no "peculiar problems pertaining 
to the film industry have as yet crossed my desk." Requests for definitions and inter- 
pretations, MacGruder said, will be considered in the order of receipt. 



CHANGE TRUST LAW TO RKO REORG. HEARING 
STOP BLOCK-BOOKING? FACES CRUCIAL STAGE 



Chicago — Depai'tment of Justice 
feels that it may be necessary to 
amend the anti-trust laws to effec- 
tively deal with the block-booking 
issue. 

That was the inference drawn by 
the industry here from the re- 
marks of Wendell Berge, special as- 

( Continued on Page 5) 



Col. Asks Particulars 

Bill in Equity Action 

Louis D. Frohlich, counsel for 
Columbia Pictures Corp., on behalf 
of that company directed service 
of papers yesterday afternoon upon 
Lamar Hardy, U. S. District Attor- 
ney for the Southern District, N. 
Y., asking the Government for a 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Lively industry interest centers 
today on the scheduled RKO reorg. 
hearing at 2 p.m. in Room 110, Fed- 
eral Court, before Judge William 
O. Bondy, with the probability loom- 
ing that this session of the pro- 
tracted proceedings may prove to 
be decisive in the matter of con- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

David Loew Defers Deal 

Plans Until December 



"I am not talking further deals 
with any company at this time, and 
have no plans aside from taking a 
vacation," David Loew, producer, 
stated yesterday morning when he 
arrived from the Coast on the' Cen- 
tury. Loew stated that he would 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Indies Hold Preliminary Meetings 
At Astor/ Allied to Resume Today 



La. "Requests" Exchanges 
to Collect the "Use" Tax 



New Orleans — Film Row was 
puzzled as to what course to fol- 
low yesterday as the State Revenue 
Department "requested" all ex- 
changes to collect "use" taxes on 
film rentals from exhibitors in the 
future and added that the state 
would inform the exhibitors accord- 
ingly as soon as the exchanges fur- 

(Contintted on Page 5) 



Following two preliminary meet- 
ings yesterday, unaffiliated exhibi- 
tor units officially will open nego- 
tiations tomorrow for a trade prac- 
tice plan with the distributors' 
committee. These meetings are ex- 
pected to last through Friday. 

The independent groups held a 
brief session yesterday morning at 
the Hotel Astor with Sidney R. 
Kent and Ned Depinet. A second 
session, which extended throughout 
(Continued on Page 6) 



S-l Prexy and Silverstone 

Start Talks; 6-8 Pix 

Annually Proposed 

"Selznick International most like- 
ly will sign a new releasing pact 
with United Artists," David 0. 
S e 1 z n ick, 
| prexy of the 
' c o m p any, 
stated yes- 
terday morn- 
ing when he 
arrived 
from the 
Coast on the 
C o mmodore 
Wk V a nderbilt. 

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Wc MSB St ]) i' eliminary 
d i s cussions 
david o. selznick would be held 
with Murray 
Silverstone, UA general manager 
in charge of world affairs, yester- 
day and today, with further hud- 

(Continued on Page 4) 




NO GB STOCK SALE, 
SCHENCKS DECLARE 



Interests of 20th Century-Fox 
and Metro in GB are not for sale, 
reports to the contrary not with- 
standing, according to Joseph M. 
Schenck, board chairman of the for- 

(Continued on Page 4) 



"Manny" Silverstone Named 
To UA Board of Directors 



Appointment of Emanuel Silver- 
stone to the United Artists board 
of directors was announced yester- 

( Continued on Page 5) 



DuMont Laboratories May 
Tackle Color in Television 



Major film companies evidenced 
yesterday considerable interest in 
the proposed experimentations 
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Defense Contends Ascap 

Forms a Copyright Pool 

Boston — Ascap was branded as a 
copyright pool acting in retraint of 
trade by George S. Ryan, defense 
counsel for the Repertory Theater in 
Federal Court here. The Repertory 
Theater is defending a suit brought 
by the society for alleged violation 
of copyright on music played in the 
theater. Other defendants include 
Newsreel, Inc; the Holyoke Theater, 
Inc.; Fitchburg Amusement Co.; 
Hof Brau Rotisserie, Inc.; Albert Le 
Fontaine; Ernest Sevino and Hon 
Loy Doo. 

Louis D. Frohlich, of New 
York, attorney for the plaintiff, 
stated that the society had been up- 
held by the courts in its copyright 
suits all over the country for the 
last 20 years. 

Judge Ford took the case under 
advisement. 



Withdrawal from Italy 

Now "Contingency Step" 

Reports that U. S. major film 
companies have instituted steps for 
withdrawal from the Italian mar- 
ket in a final protest against regu- 
lations on film imports which 
amount to placing all distribution 
under Fascist monopolistic control, 
were charactreized yesterday as 
"being contemplated as a contin- 
gency step." No definite action has 
as yet been taken by such com- 
panies as 20th-Fox, M-G-M, Para- 
mount and Warner, according to 
well-informed industry sources. 



New Subjects Purchased 

For Para. Short Series 



Paramount has purchased three 
subjects for its Paragraphics ser- 
ies and three for the Paramount 
Pictorial group, Lou Diamond, short 
subjects head, stated yesterday. 
Diamond, who recently returned 
from Hollywood said that the trio 
of subjects for the Paragraphics 
series included "Life of the Stork," 
"Life of the Swan" and "Circus 
Co-ed." Three scientific reels were 
bought for the Pictorial series. 



Para. News Pact Meet Today 

Meeting between representatives 
of the Newspaper Guild and execs, 
of Paramount News will be held to- 
day at 1 p.m. in the newsreel office, 
it was learned yesterday. A letter 
from Austin C. Keough, vice-presi- 
dent and general counsel of Para- 
mount, stated that it was the hope 
of the company that an agreement 
could be reached with the Guild on 
terms of a contract covering the 
editorial workers on the newsreel. 



"Suez" to Stay Third 

Hitting a week-end attendance of 
68,014, "Suez" has now played to 
178,685 people at the Roxy, with a 
third week definitely set, it was an- 
nounced yesterday. 



N. O. Exchanges May Reach 
Compromise on Upped Tax 

New Orleans — That exchanges 
might reach some compromise with 
Orleans Parish (County) tax acces- 
sors which would result in a raise 
of their merchandise taxes but 
which would still leave them pay- 
ing less than the $50,000 yearly as- 
sessed each one regardless of busi- 
ness colume, seemed possible yes- 
terday. 

According to reliable sources, the 
exchanges are ready to offer a com- 
promise half cent a foot on new film 
for six months, with further de- 
preciation during other six-month 
periods. This would make the 
larger exchanges pay around $20,- 
000 yearly on prints and advertis- 
ing, compared with around $2,500 
now. Small exchanges, however, 
who were arbitrarily raised on $50,- 
000 basis, would get great relief. 



Col. Stoopnagle Shorts 

To Be Released by GN 

Grand National has acquired the 
Col. Stoopnas'le shorts, "Cavalcade 
of Stuff," and will include the one- 
reelers on the current GN short sub- 
jects program. First of the series 
goes into the Rivoli, Broadway, next 
week. Astor Pictures Corp. is mak- 
ing the shorts. 

With the completion of four fea- 
tures, GN will release one picture a 
week until the first of the year. 
"Shadows Over Shanghai" and 
"Cipher Bureau" are the first to be 
distributed, the latter having been 
booked for the Criterion on Broad- 
way. 



Fairbanks, Jr, to Make 
Two for RKO, One for SI 



Douglas Fairbanks Jr., arrived 
yesterday morning on the Commo- 
dore Vanderbilt, stated that during 
the next 18 months he would make 
two pictures for RKO and one for 
S-I. He sails on the Queen Mary 
for a three-week vacation in Eng- 
land in two weeks' time. He stated 
that he had conferred with David 
O. Selznick on the Chief on his 
way from California, but no role 
had been set yet for him in any 
future Selznick release. 



Momand Case Up Today 

Oklahoma City — Federal Judge A. 
P. Murrah will dispose of the A. B. 
Momand anti-trust suit motions in 
U. S. District Court here today. 
Paramount yesterday withdrew its 
motion to dismiss and accepted ap- 
pearance. 



Will Take Depositions 

Chicago — Taking of depositions 
of Elmer Uptown, B & K comp- 
troller, and eight major exchange 
managers, subpoenaed by counsel 
for indies in the B & K clearance 
suit, will start before a Federal 
master in chancery Nov. 2. 



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JOSEPH M. SCHENCK, 20th-Fox board chair- 
man, left for Washington and the Coast last 
night. 

HARRY M. WARNER is scheduled t^" .iturn 
to the Coast on Thursday. M 

DAVID O. SELZNICK, president of Selznick 
International, arrived from the Coast yester- 
day. 

DOUCLAS FAIRBANKS, JR., was another ar- 
rival from Hollywood yesterday. 

BOB TAPLINGER, director of publicity for 
the Warner studios, leaves for the Coast to- 
night by plane. 

JAMES A. FITZrATRICK and his wife ar- 
rived in New York yesterday on the Santa 
Rosa after a 16-day cruise. ROBERT CAR- 
NEY and HOWARD NELSON accompanied the 
FitzPatricks, and a Technicolor travelogue 
was shot during the trip. 

LOUIS D. FROHLICH, attorney, has returned 
from Boston, following local Ascap actions 
there. 

JAMES P. O'LOCHLIN, 20th-Fox Canadian 
district manager and Kent Drive leader, leaves 
for the Coast on Friday. 

MARC LACHMAN, national exploitation man- 
ager for 20th-Fox, leaves today for Washing- 
ton to make arrangements for the special 
screenings of "Submarine Patrol" that will be 
held at Annapolis and at the National Press 
Club this week-end. 

DAN KELLEY, Universal casting director, has 
returned to the Coast after a visit to New 
York. 

HARRY LACHMAN is en route to France on 
the Champlain. 

BILL "RED" DEVANEY, of the M-C-M ex- 
change in Cincinnati, is in New York for a 
two-week stay. 

ANDRE DAVEN, French producer, and AL- 
BERT PREJEAN, actor, arrive today on the He 
de France. 

PRISCILLA LANE, Warner player, leaves for 
the Coast today from Lexington, Va., where 
she attended the premiere of "Brother Rat." 

AL JOLSON is stopping at the Sherry Nether- 
land. 

HARRY EINSTEIN (Parkykarkus), and MRS. 
EINSTEIN, are also stopping at the Sherry 
Netherland. 

MINNIE DUPREE, actress, has returned to 
New York from the Coast after appearing in 
David O. Selznick's production, "The Young 
In Heart." 

DOUCLAS CORRICAN leaves for the RKO 
studios today to play in the tentatively 
titled "The Flying Irishman." 

WALTER J. HUTCHINSON, director of for- 
eign distribution for 20th-Fox, arrived in 
Johannesburg, S. A., on Friday from Capetown. 
He will remain in Africa until the latter part 
of November. 



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NO GB STOCK SALE, 
SGHENGKS DECLARE 



(Continued from Page 1) 

mer, and Nicholas M. Schenck, 
prexy of the latter. 

Schenck's position was clearly de- 
fined in reply to questions as 20th- 
Fox exec, last night entrained for 
Washington where today he will 
call at the White House. His 
brother was at the train to see him 
off, as were Mrs. Nicholas Schenck 
and Joseph Moskowitz. 

"No plans to sell our interest in 
GB," said Joseph M. 

"We're going to hold on to our 
GB interest" said Nicholas M. 

Twentieth-Fox board chairman 
declared, further, that he had not 
been consulted about a reported 
GB-Odeon theater circuit merger, 
and his information was limited to 
what had been printed in the trades. 

Metro's prexy expressed his op- 
timism over the present trade re- 
form parleys, and said that with 
time and thought as factors, they 
should prove successful. 

Joseph M. goes to the Coast from 
Washington and will not return to 
New York before Jan. 1, he said. 
His White House call strictly con- 
cerns the paralysis fund drive in 
Southern California. 



Hear Gulf Gas to Sponsor 
SAG Air Show from Coast 



(Continued from Page 1) 

provided in the contract. SAG will 
collect $10,000 weekly, proceeds to 
be used for charity. 

New Hollywood show, it is said, 
will replace John Nesbit's "Passing 
Parade," heard from 7:30 to 8 p.m. 
Sundays over CBS. If that is the 
case, Gulf Gas may change time as 
otherwise extended period would en- 
tail opposition with both the Jack 
Benny and Charlie McCarthy shows. 




David Loew Defers Deal 

Plans Until December 



(Continued from Page 1) 
sail on the Santa Lucia Nov. 5 to 
meet his brother Arthur, Loew 
exec, in Panama, and would take 
a vacation trip to several South 
American cities before he returns 
here Dec. 27. 

Loew stated that with his pres- 
ent Joe E. Brown picture his con- 
tract with Brown terminated. This 
picture is being released bv M-G-M. 



Metro Shooting 10 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Thirty-nine pictures again 
are before Hollywood cameras, with 
M-G-M heading the list with 10. 
Twentieth Century-Fox is making six. 
RKO and Universal are making four 
each. Columbia, Paramount and War- 
ners are making three each, and Re- 
public is making two. Small, Monogram, 
Fine Arts and Dario are down for one 
each. 



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West 53rd St today here is a modern service studio a 

new stage has been added to the production facilities there are 

now four stages adaptable to any kind of production including 

Technicolor a permanent staff of cameramen, sound engineers, 

scenic artists, carpenters, prop men, electricians, painters, grips will 
back up this centralized service 



• • • GUESTS of Paramount at a special "Men With Wings" 
dinner and preview tonite. . , .over 200 leading lights in the na- 
tion's aviation, civil and military circles. . . .the awarding of medals 
to the three air heroes who distinguished themselves in the plane 
crash near Montgomery, Alabama, will be the special feature of 

the occasion the dinner will be held at the Hotel Astor 

the special premiere of the picture will be held following the 
dinner at the Broadway Paramount theater 



• • • BY WAY of wire congrats Monroe Greenthal sent the 

following to Walter Wanger after listening to Joan Bennett sing the 

other nite on the. Bing Crosby radio program "Bewitching blonde 

Bennett booming ballads brightened Bing's Bazooka burdened broad- 
cast. Bye-bye." Wanger replied: "Torn to tatters through 

tremendous tribute. Thanx terrifically." 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • AT THE round table meeting of the ten young play- 
wrights chosen by the Bureau of New Plays for its advanced 

practical course in playwriting today John Anderson, drama 

critic, will speak on playwriting problems from the critic's point 
of view 

T T ▼ 

• • • TESTIMONIAL dinner to Davie Davidson at the Variety Club 

in Cleveland on November 4th on the occasion of his retiring after 

30 years in the film biz twenty-one of which he spent with the old 

Fox Corporation and the present 20th Century-Fox in charge of 

arrangements are M. B. Horwitz, Jack Shulman, Eddie Bergman and 
Sam Lichter 

▼ TV 

• • • ANTHOLOGY of the American Film conducted 

by the Museum of Modern Art in the form of four film programs 

in the auditorium of the Dalton School on East 89th St 

starting tomorrow eve at 5:30, and one each Wednesday there- 
after the programs will cover the early film era, the silent 

era, the sound film, and the great actresses of the past, such as 
Bernhardt, Duse, Re jane and Mrs. Fiske in famous roles 



• • • FIFTH annual performance of the "Night of Stars" at Madi- 
son Square Garden Wednesday, Nov. 16th embodying the 

contribution of all branches of the amusement industry toward the cause 

of refugee settlement in Palestine Eddie Cantor, Irving Berlin and 

Al Jolson will head the stars of stage, screen, radio and opera who 
will participate. . . • National and regional leaders of Motion Pic- 
tures' Greatest Year will be guests at the 10th Annual Variety Club 
banquet Sunday nite, Oct. 30 at Pittsburgh they will be en- 
tertained over the week-end, with John H. Harris as host 



SELZNIGK EXPECTS 
NEW UA CONTRACT 



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dies to talk contract terms sched- 
uled upon his return from Bermuda 
in three weeks' time. ^.\ 

Selznick, who was accompP ied 
by Mrs. Selznick, expects to fly to 
Bermuda tomorrow for a vacation. 
However, he brought the GWTW 
script with him for additional pol- 
ishing, and it is likely that he will 
work on it while in Bermuda. 

Production on GWTW will start 
on Jan. 5, "come what may," Selz- 
nick said. He disclosed that the 
production budget has been set at 
$2,500,000, and shooting schedules 
call for four months' work, with 
preliminary work starting immed- 
iately. Casting of the film has not 
been completed, but if an unknown 
actress cannot be found to play 
Scarlett by the time production is 
scheduled to start, Scarlett will be 
selected from the people already 
tested. Selznick said. 

Roadshow GWTW In Fall 

GWTW will be ready for release 
by next Fall, and the picture will 
be roadshowed. Selznick said. 

"If a new UA releasing deal is 
closed, I will probably make six to 
eight pictures annually," Selznick 
said. "The company's production 
capacity has been stepped up. and 
with the signing of Merritt Hulburd 
as an associate producer we can 
handle many pictures a year." 

Selznick admitted that he might 
huddle with RKO execs, upon his 
return from Bermuda for possible 
discussions of a deal, but also 
stated that he "certainly would not 
like to be responsible for a produc- 
tion program calling for 40-50 pic- 
tures yearly." 

It is pointed out by informed 
sources that John Hay Whitney, 
board chairman of S-I, is opposed 
to any change in the company's 
present setup, and with the signing 
of a new contract by Selznick, pos- 
sibilities of an outside deal away 
from a straight releasing pact with 
UA are practically nil. 

"Intermezzo" Starts In Dec. 

Work will be started on "Inter- 
mezzo" during the last week of 
December, and it will be in pro- 
duction at the same time as GWTW, 
it was learned. With completion of 
"Made For Each Other," which he 
finished before he left the Coast, 
Selznick wound up his present UA 
pact. 

Meeting Selznick at the station 
were Lynn Farnol, UA ad. and pub. 
director, Lowell V. Calvert of S-I 
and Pioneer, and Ben Washer and 
Meyer Beck of UA. 



WEDDING BELLS 



Clarence J. Schneider, Foreign 
publicity director of Columbia Pic- 
tures, was married to Dina Alevy, 
Oct. 21, at the Spanish Portuguese 
Synagogue. 



Tuesday, October 25, 1938 



TW 



DAILY 



CHANGE TRUST LAW TO 
STOP BLOCK-BOOKING? 



(Continued from Page 1) 

sistant to the U. S. Attorney Gen- 
era]__made before the National Oil 
Ma,~3ters Association convention. 

Specifically and pointedly, Berge 
said: 

"Amendments designed to 
deal with the problem of block- 
booking in the motion picture 
industry would obviously not 
point the way toward the res- 
toration of competition in the 
alumnium industry. I submit 
that the particular problems in 
each industry which need legis- 
lative attention cannot be 
solved by any blanket amend- 
ment of the anti-trust laws." 
Echoing earlier statements by At- 
torney General Thurman Arnold, 
Berge called for "an enlarged and 
streamlined anti-trust division" as 
"one of the first things we must 
have if our national need for a 
free competitive system is to be 
fulfilled." 

With the anti-trust action brought 
against B & K by local indies now 
holding the spotlight here, and 
block-booking one of the major 
points of attack in the New York 
equity suit, unusual significance was 
attached to the mention of the film 
situation in Berge's talk to the oil 
men. 



Abt Quits Federal Post; 

Out of Gov't Equity Suit 

John J. Abt, special assistant to 
the U. S. Attorney General, yester- 
day filed notice in Federal Court 
here that he was severing his con- 
nection with the Department of 
Justice and hence was withdrawing 
from the Government's equity case 
against the majors. 

Harry Cohn, Columbia prexy, filed 
notice of appearance in the equity 
suit yesterday and directed that ser- 
vice of all papers be made on his 
counsel, Schwartz & Frohlich. 



La. "Requests" Exchanges 
to Collect the "Use" Tax 



(Continued from Page 1) 

nish the department with a list of 
theaters with which they did busi- 
ness. 

"The "use" tax is a phase of the 
sales tax by which the State at- 
tempts to collect on rentals, pur- 
chases of objects selected for use, 
even if they are brought in from 
without the state. 

Inasmuch as the Saenger Theater 
Corp., Loew, Singer and Saenger 
affiliates have refused to pay the 
tax to the exchanges but are pay- 
ing it directly to the state under 
protest, the letter presented ex- 
changes with a problem. Most de- 
cided not to force the issue with 
the circuits but merely to comply 
with state's request for names of 
theaters they are doing business 
with. 

The circuits, headed by Saenger 
attorneys, are suing the state reve- 
nue collector at Baton Rouge for 
the return of the taxes already 
paid, claiming that the rental of 
films is actually a royalty paid un- 
der copyright laws and hence is un- 
taxable by the state. 



DuMont Laboratories May 
Tackle Color in Television 



Converse Heads Filmex 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILi 

Hollywood — George Converse has 
taken over the distribution of the 
Gevaert professional 35 mm. motion 
picture film. Jack Guerin, formerly 
of International Cinema Laboratory 
is Converse's technical aid. Gev- 
aert is calling its distributing or- 
ganization, Filmex, Inc. The firm 
is introducing a new fast fine grain 
film with special correction for red 
and accurate sensitivity to all other 
colors. It will also have a new fine 
grain positive and duplicating film. 

Converse expects to have these 
new type emulsions ready for the 
market within the next month. His 
Hollywood quarters are at 6372 
Santa Monica Blvd., and in New 
York, 423 W. 55th St. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

scheduled by Allen B. DuMont 
Laboratories, Inc., financial affiliate 
of Paramount, and calling for de- 
velopment of color images in tele- 
vision via multiple beam transmis- 
sion. 

This aim indicates, it is pointed 
out, that, in addition to the cur- 
rent usages of black-and-white 
films for telecasts, color films are 
being eyed by DuMont and other 
experimental agencies as media 
through which television can some 
day offer the same visual appeal 
and advantages to the public which 
is now the case with color pix as 
compared to black-and-white ip the 
motion picture exhibition trade it- 
self. 

DuMont, to which was granted 
last week an FCC license for the 
establishment and operation of an 
experimental telecast station in Up- 
per Montclair, N. J., will not only 
probe the possibilities of color film 
transmission, but, in addition, carry 
along parallel tests directed at 
solving the problems attending 
three-dimensional effects in the 
image, it is revealed. 



Col. Asks Particulars 

Bill in Equity Action 

(Continued from Page 1) 

bill of particulars in its action 
against Columbia as an individual 
and co-defendant in the anti-trust 
action instituted against the film 
industry. 

The requested bill of particulars 
is returnable Nov. 1, next, and it 
is probable, it is asserted, that the 
motion will be argued on that date. 



«REVI€UIS» 

"The Citadel" 

with Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, 

Ralph Richardson 

Metro 110 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 
MOVING, POWERFUL PRODUCTION 
BRILLIANTLY PLAYED SHOULD HIT BOX 
OFFICE WITH BANG. 

A. J. Cronin's best selling novel has been 
transferred to the screen with telling 
effect. Under King Vidor's skillful direc- 
tion the picture becomes a moving, power- 
ful production. Victor Saville rates credit 
as producer. The acting throughout is 
excellent with outstanding performances 
being given by Robert Donat, Rosalind Rus- 
sell and Ralph Richardson. The story tells 
of the fight by Donat, a young doctor in 
a Welsh mining village, to find a cure 
for tuberculosis contracted by the miners 
affected by coal-dust, of the opposition 
from other doctors and even from the 
miners, who are skeptical of "new fangled 
ideas." The leaders of the miners de- 
stroy the laboratory being used by Donat 
and his wife Rosalind Russell. Disgusted, 
Donat comes to London and struggles with 
a small practice until Penelope Dudicy 
Ward, a society neurotic, becomes his 
patient. Society doctors get Donat many 
wealthy patients and he soon loses the ideals 
he fought for before. Ralph Richardson, a 
doctor, who had aided Donat in his strug- 
gling days, tries hard to interest Donat in 
forming a clinic for poor patients, but 
fails. However, when Richardson is hurt 
in an automobile accident and dies, due 
to a bungling operation performed by one 
of Donat's society doctor friends, Donat 
denounces the society doctors. He aides 
Percy Parsons, an unlicensed doctor, who is 
an expert on tuberculosis, who performs 
an operation on a poor girl which restores 
her health. Rex Harrison, Emlyn Williams, 
Penelope Dudley Ward, Francis Sullivan, 
Mary Clare, Cecil Parker, Nora Swinburne, 
Edward Chapman, Athene Seyler, Felix 
Aylmer, Joyce Bland, Percy Parsons, Dilys 
Davis, Basil Gill and joss Ambler are among 
the principals who do excellent work. Ian 
Dalrymple, Frank Wead and Elizabeth Hiil 
wrote a gripping screenplay. Emlyn Wil- 
liams supplied additional dialogue. Harry 
Stradling's photography is high-grade. 

CAST: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell 
Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison, Emlyn 
Williams, Penelope Dudley Ward, Francis 
Sullivan, Mary Clare, Cecil Parker, Nora 
Swinburne, Edward Chapman, Athene Sey- 
ler, Felix Aylmer, Joyce Bland, Percy Par- 
sons, Dilys Davis, Basil Gill, Joss Ambler. 

CREDITS: Producer, Victor Saville; Di- 
rector, King Vidor; Author, A. J. Cronin; 
Screenplay, Ian Dalrymple, Frank Wead, 
Elizabeth Hill; Additional Dialog, Emlyn 
Williams; Cameraman, Harry Stradling; 
Editor, Charles Frend; Musical Score, Lcuis 
Levy. 

DIRECTION, Skillful. PHOTOGRAPHY 
Fine. 



PARA. PURCHASES 
JOE MORRIS MUSIC CO. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

the owner of two major music pub- 
lishing' organizations, as it already 
controls the Famous Music Co., of 
which Diamond is president. 

Acquisition of the Joe Morris 
company gives Paramount a list 
of some 500 to 600 well- 
known songs to be added to its 
catalogue, including "Melancholy 
Baby," "Memphis Blues," "When 
Your Hair Has Turned to Silver," 
"It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blos- 
som Lane," "On the Square," "On 
the Beach at Bali Bali," "In a Lit- 
tle Gypsy Tea Room," "Treasure 
Island," "In the Valley of the 
Moon," "When the Organ Played 
'Oh Promise Me'," "Carolina Moon" 
and "Little Street Where Old 
Friends Meet." 

The Joe Morris company will lose 
its corporate identity and become 
absorbed by Paramount Music Corp. 



"Manny" Silverstone Named 
To UA Board of Directors 



(Continued from Page 1) 

day by Alexander Korda from Lon- 
don. Silverstone has been Korda's 
American business representative 
for the last five years. 

Korda, who is a one-fifth owner 
of UA, heretofore has voted the di- 
rectorship himself, but pressure of 
business, it was said, necessitated 
the Silverstone appointment. 

"Manny" Silverstone is the 
brother of the company's general 
manager and is said to be one of 
the youngest film executives, being 
29 years old. Prior to his associa- 
tion with Korda, he was UA's man- 
ager in Cristobal. 



May Irwin Rites Held 

Funeral services were held at 11 
a.m. yesterday for May Irwin, 76, 
veteran stage actress, who died on 
Saturday, last, in her apartment at 
150 Riverside Drive. In private 
life she was Mrs. Kurt Eisenfeldt. 
Interment was in Kensico Cemetery. 



Second "Frankenstein" 

Sequel Under Way at "U" 

Because of the revived interest in 
"Frankenstein," Universal has 
started production on "Son of Frank- 
enstein," with Boris Karloff, Bela 
Lugosi and Basil Rathbone. William 
A. Scully, sales manager, stated 
yesterday that the picture would 
be a sequel to the original "Frank- 
enstein." "U" made "Bride of 
Frankenstein" as a sequel in 1935. 

Scully said that three other im- 
portant Universal pictures would 
go before the cameras during the 
next four weeks. "You Can't Cheat 
an Honest Man," with W. C. Fields, 
Edgar Bergen and Charley McCar- 
thy, goes into production Oct. 31 
and on the same day Deanna Dur- 
bin's next picture, "Three Smart 
Girls Grow Up," is scheduled to get 
under way. 

The Bing Crosby picture, tenta- 
tively titled "Three Is Company," 
starts production early in Novem- 
ber. 



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Tuesday, October 25, 1938 



RKO REORG. HEARING 
FACES CRUCIAL STAGE 



(Continued from Page 1) 

firmation, rejection or the alterna- 
tive, namely, further hearings be- 
fore opinion is rendered. 

Sources close to the proponents 
of the present amended plan denied 
last night that they are expecting 
Bondy to confirm the plan today. On 
the other hand, privately expressed 
views of equity interests in the ac- 
tion asserted that they would not 
be surprised if the Court does con- 
firm at today's session and then 
hold the case open for consumma- 
tion, aimed at denning equity hold- 
ers' shares. This latter step is a 
reasonable expectancy, it is stated, 
because of precedents set in other 
cases under 77-B. 

Some other sources opposed to 
the plan's confirmation, expressed 
the conviction that Bondy will not 
render approval of the plan either 
today or at all, and that, in this 
event, the reorganization will be 
transferred under the provisions of 
the Chandler Act for final disposi- 
tion. 

Also last night it was said that 
a postponement may be sought by 
counsels representing factions in 
the proceedings. 

Report that the delay will be 
asked was attended by no amplifica- 
tion, but it is known that counsel 
for the Stirn interests of Milwaukee 
have been planning to place Stirn 
personally under examination and 
cross-examination with respect to 
alleged irregularities which he con- 
tends were manifest in the Dec. 10, 
1931 voting of proxies. Counsel for 
Stirn told Judge Bondy at the last 
hearing in Federal Court that their 
client has been suffering from pneu- 
monia, and has consequently been 
precluded from appearing to pre- 
sent his findings. 

Certain equity interests said last 
night that there is a possibility that 
Judge Bondy will not hand down his 
decision, involving either approval 
or rejection of the present amended 
plan, until after Jan. 1, in which 
event the efforts of a large majority 
of equity interests would be thwart- 
ed in their desires to see the com- 
pany legally "out of the trenches 
by Christmas." 

Further interest is being mani- 
fest in the scheduled hearing for the 
reason that George J. Schaefer 
elected last week to top post in RKO 
subsidiaries cannot assume his re- 
ported role as prospective head of 
the parent company until the re- 
org. is disposed of. 



Gregory Adds Two More 

Chicago — The Gregory Circuit 
have added two more houses — the 
State, Anderson, Ind., and Roxy, 
Delphi, Ind. 

Henry J. Paradan Dead 

Wilson, N. C. — Henry Jules Para- 
dan, 56, owner of a Wilson theater 
for 31 years, is dead. 



MPTOA Convention Com. Chairman, 
Speakers Announced by Kuykendall 



(Continued from Page 1) 



gia; Conciliation and Arbitration, 
Lewen Pizor, Philadelphia; Radio 
and Non-Theatrical Competition, 
Frank Cassil, St. Joseph, Mo.; Pub- 
lic Relations and Community Af- 
fairs, Mitchell Wolf son, Miami; La- 
bor Relations, Fred Wehrenberg, St. 
Louis; Legislation and Taxation, 
Judge Roy L. Walker; Resolutions, 
Arthur H. Lockwood, Middletown, 
Conn.; Music Tax, L. 0. Lukan, 
Seattle; Entertainment Values, A. 

C. Hayman, Buffalo. 

Lew Chatham of Norman has 
been named Sergeant-At-Arms for 
the business sessions. 

Full reception committee has been 
named by L. C. Griffith who has C. 
B. Akers and T. B. Noble as co- 
chairmen. Serving are: Fred Pick- 
erel, Max Brock, Harry Lowenstein, 
Orville Enloe, Ralph Talbot, J. C. 
Hunter, Homer Jones, Leonard 
White, George Limerick, L. A. Chat- 
ham, Bob Browning and Dinty 
Moore. 

The tentative program: 

Sunday, Oct. 30 — Registration, 
with the President's reception set 
for the Civic room of the Oklahoma 
Biltmore Hotel at 8 p.m. along with 
hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in the 
East Room and dancing with enter- 
tainment in the Civic room of the 
Biltmore, convention headquarters. 

Monday, Oct. 31 — Following a 
military assembly, invocation, sing- 
ing of "America" and address of wel- 
come by Mayor J. Frank Martin the 
balance of the morning session will 
be devoted to the response by A. 
Julian Brylawski of Washington, 

D. C, the annual report of Presi- 
dent Kuykendall, announcement of 
special convention committees and 
report of committee on convention 
arrangements, of which Morris 
Loewenstein is general chairman. 

At noon a luncheon in the main 
dining room will be held, with a 
ladies' auto tour following a lun- 
cheon for the women in the Crystal 
Room of the Skirvin Hotel. 

Following this the first general 
business session will begin at 2:30 
p.m. with N. D. Golden, chief of the 
Motion Picture Division of the U. 
S. Department of Commerce, Wash- 
ington, D. C. making the first ad- 
dress, "The Exhibitors Interest In 
The Foreign Market." 

Set also are the following ad- 
dresses for Monday afternoon: 

"Your Industry" by Leo Spitz, 
president, RKO; "The Importance 
Of the Exhibitor In The Industry" 
by M. A. Lightman, president of 
Malco Theaters, Inc. of Memphis; 
"Trade Relations In Distribution 



And Exhibition" by William F. 
Rodgers, M-G-M general sales man- 
ager; "Utilizing The Show Window 
Of The Theater" by Charles L. Casa- 
nave, vice-president and general 
manager of National Screen Acces- 
sories, Inc. of New York City; "Pub- 
lic Relations For The Local The- 
ater Operator" by Fred Wehren- 
berg, chairman of the MPTOA Board 
of Directors, St. Louis. 

Monday night, a men's party will 
be held in the civic room of the 
Biltmore and a ladies' party at the 
Oklahoma Club, to be followed by 
a joint Hallowe'en party in the 
Civic Room of the Biltmore. 

Tuesday, Nov. 1, Lewen Pizor, 
president, UMPTO, will make the 
initial address, "Contractual Rela- 
tions Between Distributor and Ex- 
hibitor" followed by "Self-Regula- 
tion vs. Government Regulation" by 
Edward Golden, vice-president Mon- 
ogram; "The Problem of Delayed 
Allocation of Film Prices" by H. 
V. Harvey, president ITO of North- 
ern California, San Francisco; "On 
the Fence Pictures" by Harry 
Goldberg of Warner Brothers 
Theaters, New York City; an ad- 
dress by Herman Wobber, general 
sales manager of 20th Century-Fox, 
New York City, and "The Will Rog- 
ers Memorial Fund" by Harold Rod- 
ner of New York City. 

Following luncheon in the main 
dining room and a fashion show for 
the ladies in the Silver Glade room 
of the Skirvin Tower, Walter M. 
Harrison, editor of The Daily Okla- 
homan, will open the afternoon ses- 
sion with "The Newspaper and the 
Motion Picture." Then follows, 
"From the Producers Point of 
View" by Hal Roach; an address by 
George J. Schaefer, president of 
RKO Radio Pictures, New York 
City;. "Important Court Decisions 
of 1938" by Edward G. Levy, gen- 
eral Counsel MPTOA, New Haven; 
"Value of Short Subjects to the 
Theater" by R. J. O'Donnell, gen- 
eral manager Interstate Theaters, 
Dallas, and "First-Run Theater 
Problems" by Ralph Talbot, Tulsa. 

The public movie ball will be held 
in Civic Center Auditorium Tues- 
day night, Nov. 2. The Wed- 
nesday meetings will be devoted to 
special features, reports of con- 
vention committees and open forum 
discussions, further entertainment 
affairs and an open forum discus- 
sion of exhibitor problems on Wed- 
nesday afternoon. 

The dinner dance will be held 
at the Oklahoma City Golf and 
Country Club Wednesday night. 



UNAFFILIATED UNITS 
NEGOTIATE TOMORROW 



Mrs. Schomaker Dead 

Cincinnati — Mrs. Mary Scho- 
maker, mother of Florence Scho- 
maker, Universal office manager, 
died here of a stroke. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

the afternoon, was conducted by the 
unit representatives alone. At this 
meeting the delegates prepaid a 
program of procedure and discr jed 
concessions for which they would 
ask. 

The entire distributors' negotiat- 
ing committee is expected to sit in 
with the unaffiliated representatives. 
This group consists of W. F. Rod- 
gers, Sidney R. Kent, Abe Monta- 
gue, Ned Depinet and Grad Sears. 

Meanwhile, Allied's negotiating 
committee resumes its discussions 
today with the distributors. It is 
unlikely that an MPTOA commit- 
tee will have further trade prac- 
tice parleys until after the organi- 
zation's annual convention which 
starts Sunday in Oklahoma City 
and continues through Wednesday. 



11th for Harry Balaban 

Chicago — Meclhor Bros.' Milford 
theater has been taken over by 
Harry Balaban as his circuit's 11th 
house. 



Star-Fitted Stories Help 
Box Office, Says Grainger 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tors, according to Edmund Graing- 
er, Universal unit producer who ar- 
rived in New York yesterday from 
the Coast aboard the Broadway 
Limited to spend some 10 days 
locally combining a vacation with 
the viewing of Broadway plays. 

The quartet of reasons why 
Coast studios have succeeded in 
making box-office winners current- 
ly, and will continue to do so in the 
season's coming months according 
to indications, are summed up as 

(a) exercise of intelligent care in 
the selection of story properties; 

(b) the strategic "melding" of such 
stories with appropriate stars, plus 
generally expert casting; (c) great- 
er and more meticulous prepara- 
tions of productions, evidenced by 
some of the companies which have 
adopted policies of planning produc- 
tion much further in advance than 
has been the case formerly; and 
(d) the encouragement which has 
been given to producers through 
the alleviation to hitherto tense na- 
tional economic conditions, and the 
spirit of co-operation which exists 
all along the line from studio to 
distribution agencies. 

Grainger, whose "Service De 
Luxe" with Constance Bennett was 
recently released by Universal, and 
which RKO theaters have booked 
nationally in a newly effectuated 
deal, declared conditions to be ex- 
cellent at Universal City, with plans 
already being formulated for 1939- 
40. During the balance of the 
present releasing year, he expects 
to make "Sun Never Sets," a story 
of the British diplomatic service, 
and "Big Time Czar," an original 
by columnist Ed Sullivan. Con- 
tingent upon Grainger's acquisition 
of screen rights on his current visit, 
his scheduled plans may be aug- 
mented, he asserts. 







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TEN CENTS 



Rule Against Extension of Movie Quiz Closing Date 

INDIE GROUP IN ACCORD OJTRADE REFORMDEMANDS 

Studio Reps. See Andrews Friday on Wage-Hours Setup 



Holman, Hastings, Glennan, 

Benjamin Heading East 

for Capitol Parley 

By RALPH WILK 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Clarification of the 
Fair Labor Standards Act insofar as 
its application to motion picture pro- 
duction is concerned is expected to 
follow a Washington conference Fri- 
day between representatives of the 
studios and Administrator Elmer F. 
Andrews. 

Acting for the producers will be 
William S. Holman, studio manager 
for Columbia; Ross Hastings of RKO 
legal department; Keith Glennan, 

(Continued on Page 5) 

color pixteTe casts 
entail no royalty 



Announced experimental policy of 
DuMont Laboratories, Upper Mont- 
clair, N. J., to include research on 
both the televising of color films as 
well as the achievement of three- 
dimensional effects under its new 
station license issued by FCC is ex- 
pected to make available to DuMont 
the color films in the archives of 
Paramount. 

Question as to the position of 
Technicolor and other film color 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Brit. Trade Treaty Reply 
Mentions Motion Pictures 



Japs Plan Exploitation of Slno Plx Mart 

Shanghai (By Cable) — Exploitation of the Chinese film market is proposed by Jap- 
anese and Chinese interests through the medium of a subsidized $2,000,000 film com- 
pany taking shape here. 

The Reformed Government will subscribe $700,000 of the company's capital, the 
Provisional Government in Peiping, $250,000, while Japan and the Manchoukuo Gov- 
ernment will each subscribe $500,000. 

With one office in Shanghai and another office in Peiping, the company will estab- 
lish studios in six cities. The company also plans to import films from Japan, Cermany 
and the U. S. 



Withdrawal of U. S. Film Interests 
From Central Europe Held Possible 



While foreign departments execs, 
here yesterday discounted reports 
that Poland shortly will emulate the 
Italian Government and establish a 
monopoly for foreign film distribu- 
tion, there was frank admission 
that the situation in Central Europe 
was becoming increasingly grave. 

Further, it was said in some in- 
terested quarters that it was not 



impossible that a complete with- 
drawal from Central Europe might 
be forced upon U S. companies in 
the future through the exercise of 
economic pressure by the dictator 
nations. 

Distribution of American pic- 
tures in Italy ends as of Dec. 31. 
Final notice has been sent to all 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Schenck Vice-Chairman of Warm Springs Drive 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Fullest co-opera- 
tion of the film industry in the new 
fund raising drive of the Warm 
Springs Foundation was pledged to 
President Roosevelt here yesterday 
by Joseph M. Schenck, 20th-Fox 
board chairman. 

Coincidental with Schenck's White 



House call, it was announced that 
the film exec, would serve as vice- 
chairman of the national compaign 
committee, headed by Keith Mor- 
gan. Appointment was accepted as 
recognition of his services last year 
as chairman of the Foundation com- 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Mentioning of mo- 
tion pictures in Great Britain's re- 
ply regarding American proposals 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Record for "King" 

Fara.'s "If I Were King," which gave 
way to the same company's "Men With 
Wings," at the N. Y. Paramount last 
night, played to 428,000 admissions in 
its four-week run, home office reported 
last night. Figure stands as a new 
record for the house, it was said. 



Extension of Quiz Closing Date Held 
Violation of Faith With the Public 



Previous Trust Case Enters 
Into Momand's Court Action 



Oklahoma City — A previous and 
similar anti-trust suit was brought 
into the Momand action yesterday 
when Judge A. P. Murrah granted 
the plaintiffs 10 days in which to 
comply with orders of Judge Edgar 

(Continued on Page 8) 



The Movie Quiz will not be ex- 
tended beyond Dec. 31, the original 
closing date, it was decided yester- 
day at a meeting of the Motion Pic- 
tures' Greatest Year committee at 
the Hotel Astor. Extension of the 
Quiz period was taken under con- 
sideration following requests from 
scattered areas. 

George J. Schaefer, chairman of 
(Continued on Page 8) 



Unaffiliated Units to Start 

Parleys with Distribs. 

Committee Today 

Eepresentatives of unaffiliated ex- 
hibitor units yesterday completed 
their deliberations in connection 
with a fair trade practice program 
and today will present their requests 
to the distributors' negotiating com- 
mittee. It was learned that after 
an all-day session the delegates were 
unanimous in approving the con- 
cessions for which they will ask. 

First official parley between the 
indies and the distribs. is scheduled 
to get under way at 10 o'clock this 

(Continued on Page 4) 



ADJOURNS RKO REORG. 
HEARING TO NOV. 22 



RKO reorg. hearing in Federal 
Court yesterday afternoon was ad- 
journed for approximately four 
weeks by Judge William O. Bondy, 
apparently to the surprise of Hamil- 
ton C. Rickaby, counsel for the 
amended plan's proponents. 

Although it was Rickaby himself 
who requested the court for a post- 

(Continued on Page 8) 



Will Huddle Again Jan. 9 
on Musicians Employment 

Huddle yesterday between major 
companies and the American Fed- 
eration of Musicians to discuss ways 
and means whereby musician em- 
ployment in theaters could be in- 
creased, was adjourned until Jan. 9 
after an all-morning session. A 

(Continued on Page 4) 



"I/" at iVett? High 

UniversaPs preferred hit a new high 
for the year in the N. Y. Stock Ex- 
change yesterday, closing at 60, a 2Vi 
point gain for the day. Old high was 

59%. 



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SECURITY 



O'Loghlin Goes to Coast 

Friday to Meet Wobber 

James P. O'Loghlin, 20th-Fox 
Canadian district leader and Kent 
Drive chief, leaves for the Coast 
on Friday to spend a few days at 
the studio preparatory to starting 
his final Drive tour, which starts at 
the L. A. exchange on Nov. 4 and 
winds up at the New York ex- 
change around Nov. 28. He will 
meet Herman Wobber, general man- 
ager of distribution, at the studio, 
and Wobber will attend both the 
L. A. and San Francisco exchange 
meeting, returning to N. Y. from 
S. F. 

William J. Clark, manager of 
short subject sales for 20th-Fox, 
will meet O'Loghlin on the Coast, 
and will accompany him on the 
complete trip. He will also be ac- 
companied by division managers 
William J. Kupper, William C. Geh- 
ring and William Sussman in each 
manager's respective division. Kup- 
per leaves for the Coast shortly. 



Goltz to Head UA's Japan 
Office; Succeeds A. A. Lowe 

Appointment of Joe Goltz as man- 
ager of United Artists' office in Ja- 
pan was announced yesterday by 
Arthur W. Kelly, vice-president in 
charge of the foreign department. 
Goltz succeeds A. A. Lowe, who re- 
turns to New York for a vacation 
before being assigned to a new post. 
Goltz has been associated with 
M-G-M for the last 10 years in 
South America and the Orient. 



Warners Close Biggest 

Product Deal in France 



Paris (By Cable)— Closing of the 
biggest distribution deal for War- 
ner product ever made in France is 
announced bv Sam Morris, WB for- 
eign chief, now on this side. Deal 
is with the Gaumont theater cir- 
cuit, operating 10 Parisian and as 
many nouses in French keys. Gau- 
mont directorate interlocks with the 
Havas News Agency, the Avenir 
Publicite and three radio stations, 
assuring Warner pix important 
French publicity angles. First WB 
pix to play the circuit, "Robin 
Hood," opens at the Rex here Nov. 
24. 



Sonin Funeral Today 

Funeral services for Benjamin 
Sonin will be held this morning at 
the Park West Memorial Chapel, 
79th St. and Columbus Ave. In- 
terment will be at Mount Hebron. 
Sonin was the father of Charles 
Sonin, head of M-G-M's purchasing 
department. 

Greenblatt In Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh — Arthur Greenblatt, 
Eastern division manager for Gau- 
mont British, will take temporary 
charge of their local office until a 
manager is appointed to replace 
Joseph Kaliski, who recently re- 
signed. 



Hicks Names Redding Para. 
Ad-Publicity Head in Brit. 

Tony Redding has been appointed 
advertising and publicity manager 
for Paramount in Great Britain and 
Ireland by John W. Hicks, head of 
the company's foreign department. 
George Hawkins, who formerly held 
this post, has reassumed his place 
as ad sales manager. Redding for- 
merly managed the Capitol Theater 
in Dublin. 

Hicks has just completed a sales 
conference in London at which the 
following Continental executives of 
Paramount were present: Fred W. 
Lange, general foreign representa- 
tive; Henri Klarsfeld, French man- 
ager; Andre Olsen, division man- 
ager of Germany and Central Eu- 
rope, and Andre Ullman, in charge 
of the French theaters and the Par- 
amount Joinville studio. "Men With 
Wings" and "Artists and Models 
Abroad" were screened during the 
sessions. 



Irish Pix Opens Saturday 
At Belmont for Indef. Run 



"Irish and Proud of It," second 
of a series of six Irish productions 
to be distributed in the U. S. by 
Guaranteed Pictures, Inc., opens at 
the Belmont Theater, New York, 
on Saturday for an indefinite run. 
Picture stars Richard Hayward who 
also is the producer. 

Balaban Denies Any Deutsch 
Deal on Para. Brit. Houses 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Commenting on the 
report that Oscar Deutsch may ac- 
quire Paramount's British theaters, 
Barney Balaban, Para., president, 
yesterday denied there were any 
negotiations pending between Para- 
mount and Deutsch regarding the- 
ater holdings. 

Para, to Ask Particulars 

Bill in Gov't Equity Suit 

Paramount will file a motion for 
a bill of particulars this week in 
connection with the Goverment's 
anti-trust suit against the majors. 
Papers are now being prepared. 

30 States Endorse Drive 

With the issuance of a proclama- 
tion by Philip F. LaFollette, Gov- 
ernor of Wisconsin, calling for the 
observance of the week of Nov. 13- 
19 as Motion Picture Week in that 
state, governors of 30 states in the 
Union have endorsed the campaign 
of Motion Pictures' Greatest Year. 
Proclamations have been issued also 
by mayors in 120 cities. 



"Suez" Set in 35 Keys 

"Suez," new 20th-Fox release, 
has been set to open in 35 key cities 
throughout the country this Friday. 
Advance advertising campaigns are 
being run in all the cities where the 
picture will open as well as a na- 
tional ad. campaign being carried 
on in newspapers and magazines. 



COfllMG MID GOMG 



JOSEPH M. SCHENCK, chairman of the 20th 
Century-Fox board, left Washington last night 
for Hollywood. 

DAVID O. SELZNICK, president of Selznick 
International, and MRS. SELZNICK, fly to Ber- 
muda today. 



ARTHUR W. KELLY, United ArtisfsSSWMce- 
president in charge of foreign distribution, 
expects to sail for Europe this week. 

CARL E. MILLIKEN, secretary of the MPPDA, 
leaves for Cleveland tomorrow night to ad- 
dress the Northeastern Ohio Teachers Associa- 
tion convention. 

ARTHUR S. DICKINSON, MPPDA conservation 
department head, left for Albany yesterday en 
route to the SMPE convention in Detroit. 

SAM FLAX, Republic's Washington franchise 
holder, is in New York for conferences at the 
home office. 

HARRY LaVINE, central district sales man- 
ager for Republic, has arrived in New York 
for a few days' stay. 

O. HENRY BRIGCS, president of Pathe Film, 
arrived on the Coast yesterday after a cross- 
country trip by car. 

SAM DEMBOW, JR., of Fanchon & Marco, is 
in St. Louis. 

FRANK CAPRA has returned to the Waldo 
Astoria after a short stay in Washington. 

DAVE RUBINOFF returned to New York yes- 
terday after a six months' illness in a hos- 
pital in Battle Creek, Mich. 

ALLEN JENKINS, Warner comedian, and his 
wife will fly back to the Coast today after a 
10-day vacation in New York. 

SAM JAFFE, having completed his role in 
RKO Radio's "Cunga Din," has returned to 
New York. 

FLORA ROBSON, English character actress, 
has sailed from London en route to Hollywood 
where she will play a role in Samuel Goldwyn's 
"Wuthering Heights." 

JOHNNY JONES, of the Jones-Linick-Schaefer 
circuit in Chicago, and his wife are vacationing 
at White Sulphur Springs. 

JACK SALTER, vice-president of Columbia 
Concerts Corporation, has left New York to 
attend several opening concerts in a number 
of cities. 

ALLEN JENKINS, Warner comedian, and His 
wife, return to the Coast the latter part of 
this week after a vacation in New York. 

JOHNIE DAVIS, Warner player, returns to 
the Coast this week after six weeks' p.a.'s in 
the East. 



FitzPatrick Back from S. A. 

James A. FitzPatrick, producer of 
M-G-M's TravelTalks, is back from 
a trip to Venezuela, Colombia and 
Haiti where he shot material for 
future releases. He leaves in about 
two weeks for Florida and the 
South. 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 

to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 26 

H. B. Warner 

Mark Sandrich 

Ralph Ravenscroft 

Jackie Coogan 

Buddy Messinger 



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Wednesday, October 26, 1938 



HAYS ACCLAIMS PIX 
AS LIBERTY SYMBOL 



Will H. Hays, MPPDA prexy. 
speaking on "Keeping the Mind of 
the Nation Young by Motion Pic- 
tures" at the New York Herald 
Tribune Forum in the Waldorf- 
Astoria yesterday, styled the U. S. 
motion picture "a symbol of that lib- 
erty upon which our democracy is 
founded." 

Other highlights of the Hays ad- 
dress : 

"The American motion picture 
demonstrates that there is opportun- 
ity in life; that the individual may 
succeed by initiative, industry, thrift 
and honesty; that life is still full of 
the magic of achievement; that youth 
may know that a Dick Whittington 
or an Abraham Lincoln may still 
happen. 

"I believe that such portrayal ex- 
presses the faith and aspirations of 
the American people. From the 
point of view of a pure Collectivist 
or a real Totalitarian this theme of 
opportunity means exactly nothing; 
it simply does not make sense. We 
had better see that it does in Amer- 
ica if Democracy is to survive." 

Katharine Hepburn, described by 
Mrs. Ogden Reid, chairman, as the 
personal candidate of Margaret 
Mitchell for the Scarlett O'Hara role 
in Selznick's GWTW, followed Hays 
on the platform and assailed film 
censorship. 



Hear GN Films Application 
to Withdraw Common Stock 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — ■ Application of 
Grand National Films, Inc., to with- 
draw its common stock, $1 par value 
from listing and registration on the 
New York Curb Exchange was 
heard yesterday before SEC Exam- 
iner Robert P. Reeder. 

Richard H. Wilmer, appeared as 
attorney for Grand National while 
Abner Gladstone represented the 
SEC. Wilmer stated that the as- 
sets of Grand National have been 
sold to Educational Pictures for ap- 
proximately $550,000 and trading 
in its common stock on the Curb 
Exchange has practically ceased. 

James Fallon testified that he 
had examined the stock transac- 
tions of Grand National for the last 
year and submitted a report on his 
findings, which was accepted by the 
SEC. 

Wilmer said that under the plan 
approved by the court in a 77B 
bankruptcy proceeding the GN 
stockholders would receive nothing 
until all debtors had been paid off. 
If there is anything left stockhold- 
ers will probably receive stock in 
the new company, he said. 

Mitzi Green in Unit? 

Detroit — Mitzi Green may appear 
in a touring unit show to be pro- 
duced in this city, according to Dr. 
Fred Merrill, manager of the Zorine 
Show for two seasons. 




with PHIL A4. DALY; 



© © © BEST SHOW in town that is. for One Performance 

the Cocktail Party of United Artists a Five-Star Cocktail 

with Ann Sothern, Roland Young, Patsy Kelly. Doug Fairbanks. 

Jr. and Raymond Massey with Zorina as an Added Attraction 

they had about the best turnout of the season in our social film 

set there were actually some Important Film People there 

in fact, raffs of 'em so it's no use mentioning names because 

you can't fill a column with just names it would lock silly, don't 

you think all the honored guests are presently appearing in pic- 
tures turned cut by the UA producers ths Rainbow Room's Club 

Lounge atop the RCA building was swirling in gusts of wiity conver- 
sation, gay laughter and so forth and so forth as we reluctantly 

dragged ourself away from it all 

T ▼ T 

• © © AMERICAN Technique demonstrated by Allyn 

Butterfield, editor of Pathe News, on his recent trip to London 

Allyn wanted to get tickets for the Music Hall Variety 

Show that goes on the air Saturday over the British Broadcasting 

System his British friends told him it was impossible 

that there was a waiting list of thousands, and he would have to 

take his turn with the rest so Allyn called up from his hotel 

room on the phone as his British pals sat in awe and asked 

to speak to Vice-President Clark whom he had never met 

when the vice-prexy got on the phone he explained who he was, 
casually mentioned his connections with NBC, Aylesworth and 

Sarnoff Mr. Clark then inquired about the health of Messrs 

Aylesworth and Sarnoff Allyn says: "When I left New York 

they were fine!" and the upshot of it was that the British 

official dispatched a messenger with reserved seats for the studio 

broadcast to the hotel and the nervy American's British pals 

had to be revived with cocktails 

T T T 

• • • OPENING of the Movietone Studios on West Fifty-Third 
Street yesterday afternoon was done with a dance ork, some of Vyvyan 

Donner's fashion beauts, a special bar and a table of eats the 

guests did the rest as the fun grew with the evening, Dan 

Doherty insisted on making a speech but kind friends intervened 

Lew Lehr did a "shortie" for his newsreel cutups and one 

of the fashion beauts posed in a beautiful full-length silver fox coat 

and when they finished taking the shot, they discovered that 

the, $5,000 coat label showed so all hands said t'hell with it, 

lef s join the party under these favorable auspices, the studio 

has opened for business as a Modern Service Studio in the Center of 

Everything among those noted at the house-warming were 

Truman Talley, Jules Brulatour, William German, L. A. Bonn, Dick 
Brady, Irving Lesser, Paul Terry, William Weiss, Charles Muller, Harry 
Brown, Max Cohen, Ben Schwab, Jack Skirball, Beverly Jones, Vyvyan 

Donner and also David Bradshaw, Charles McCarthy, Arch Reeves, 

Earl Wingart, Milton Schwarzwald, Charles Ross, James FitzPatrick, 
Harvey Day, Ben Blake, James Smith, Morris Kinsler, Ralph Austrian. 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • MASONIC Testimonial to Charles K. Stern, assistant 

treasurer of M-G-M given by Prudence Lodge, 1066, at the 

Hotel Astor on Saturday nite as a gala Hallowe'en Party with 

dinner, dancing and entertainment over 600 guests will be 

there including the big industry execs in the East, headed 

by the Loew delegation of district managers a movie of the 

guests will be made. ...... 



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INDIE GROUP AGREES 
ON REFORM PLATFORM 



{Continued from Page 1) 

morning at the Union League Club. 
Representing the distribs. will be 
Sidney R. Kent, W. F. Rodger s, 
Abe Montague, Ned Depine/^kind 
Grad Sears. ^^ 

A feeling of optimism appeared 
to prevail at the meeting yester- 
day, exhibs. indicating that they 
believed definite reforms would re- 
sult. The unaffiliated groups rep- 
resent more theaters than those in- 
cluded in either the MPTOA or Al- 
lied confabs, it was pointed out 
yesterday. 

Allied's representatives met yes- 
terday with the distribs. committee 
and the sessions are to be resumed 
today. 



Will Huddle Again Jan. 9 
on Musicians Employment 

(Continued from Page 1) 

general discussion was held, with 
the entire field covered, but no for- 
mal demands were made by the 
AFM, it was said. Meeting was 
held in the office of Pat Casey, 
majors' labor representative. 

George J. Schaefer, Nicholas M. 
Schenck, Austin C. Keough, Harry 
D. Buckley, Major Albert Warner 
and Eugene Picker represented the 
major companies. Sidney R. Kent 
was unable to attend as he presided 
at a trade practice conference. Jos- 
eph N. Weber, AFM prexy, and 
the entire AFM executive board rep- 
resented the union. 



Lasky and Wrigley Deal 
for Air Show Not Closed 



Chicago — Rumors notwithstand- 
ing, the William Wrigley Co. has 
not yet signed the much discussed 
Jesse Lasky-RKO Radio-film deal to 
replace the Laugh Liner series on 
CBS, it was ascertained here yes- 
terday. Lasky and Harry Ommerle, 
of the William Morris office, were 
here yesterday conferring with P. 
K. Wrigley, but no contract had yet 
arrived from the Coast. 

Unless deal is clinched shortly 
Wrigley must vacate the 6:30 p.m. 
Sunday spot after Nov. 13, giving 
the Laugh Liner series three more 
shots. Strong possibility is that no 
new gum show will be initiated until 
around first of year. 



Selznicks Flying to Bermuda 

David O. Selznick and Mrs. Selz- 
nick fly to Bermuda today after a 
two-day stop in New York. Selz- 
nick conferred with John Hay Whit- 
ney, board chairman of Selznick In- 
ternational, while here, and also 
had a brief meeting with Murray 
Silverstone, United Artists head. 
He will return in about three weeks, 
and it is expected that he will dis- 
cuss new contract terms with UA 
at that time. 



Wednesday, October 26, 1938 



THE 



DAILY 



U, S. DISTRIBS. MAY 
QUIT CENTRAL EUROPE 



(Continued from Page 1) 

employes of companies to this effect. 
"Eleventh hour" negotiations with 
the Italian Government in an at- 
tejfijW to reach some compromise 
w Jw described in cables yesterday 
as being a complete failure. 

Vast majority of the employes of 
the American companies in Italy, 
numbering hundreds, are Italians. 

The Film Daily learned that 
liquidation of assets by American 
companies will be carried out as ex- 
peditiously as possible. 

Arthur Kelly, United Artists vice- 
president in charge of foreign dis- 
tribution, expects to leave for Italy 
the latter part of this week. Sam 
E. Morris, Warner's foreign head. 
Phil Reisman, RKO foreign chief- 
tain, and John W. Hicks, Jr., Para- 
mount foreign head, are in Europe 
at the present time watching the 
foreign situation closely. Walter J. 
Hutchinson, 20th-Fox director of 
foreign distribution, is in South 
Africa at the present time, but he 
will leave for Europe the latter part 
of next month. 



Schenck Named V.-Chairman 
of Nat'l Warm Springs Drive 

(Continued from Page 1) 

mittee for Southern California. 

Further recognition of the indus- 
try's aid last year was reflected by 
additions of film notables to the 
new executive committee of the 
Foundation. Appointed were NichT 
olas M. Schenck, prexy of Loew's; 
Ed Kuykendall, president of the 
MPTOA, and Eddie Cantor. 



Photographic, Projection 
Goods Exports Show Drop 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Exports of photo- 
graphic and projection goods showed 
a decline of $586,000 for September, 
1938, compared to September, 1937, 
it was reported yesterday by the 
Commerce Department. Exports for 
September, 1938, amounted to $1,- 
286,000 compared to $1,872,000 for 
the same month of the preceding 
year. 

The nine-month period ending in 
September also showed a decrease 
of $2,170,000 for 1938, compared to 
the nine-month period of 1937. Ex- 
ports for this period of 1938 were 
reported at $14,911,000 compared to 
$17,081,000 for the same period of 
1937. 



Players for Ball 

Oklahoma City — 
Movie Ball in Civic 
next Tuesday night 
film players: Brian 
Weaver, ZaSu Pitts, 
possibilities include 
Autry, Roy Rogers, 



MPTOA convention 

Center Auditorium 

will attract these 

Donlevy, Marjorie 

Cene Austin. Other 

Judy Garland, Cene 

Smiley Burnette. 



SHORT SHOTS fROHl EflSTCRR STUDIOS 



By SID WEISS 



(~)NE glance at any of the sets in 
Bill Howard's "Home Town'' 
and you're not surprised that the 
art director, Gordon Wiles, copped 
an Academy Award for his work 
some time ago. . .Wiles is a thorough 
technician and more than anything 
else, strives for reality in his sets. . . 
Doesn't believe in painted back- 
("rops and had Eddie Bagley, ace 
still man, hop out to Ohio for au- 
thentic locale shots Which were 
subsequently blown up for photo- 
graphic backgrounds Even the 
brook built on one of the stages 
contained actual running water! 
Wiles' talent is not confined only to 
art work He has directed more 
than a few pictures himself — among 
them, "Women of Glamour," which 
turned out to be the second biggest 
money-maker of its year He ra- 
cently finished "I Demand Payment" 
which introduces several new twists 
to the usual Hollywood treatments. 

Curiously enough, three Academy 
Award winners are connected with 
"Home Town" ... .Bill Howard, the 
director, Gordon Wiles, art director 
and Hal Mohr, cameraman ... .They 
make a great working team together 
and are bringing in the picture away 
under schedule ... .Mohr has also 
branched out into directing and last 
year made "When Love is Young" . . . 
Bill Howard, meanwhile, is lining up 
his next production — "Cafe New 
York," with Patricia Ellis so far cast. 
* * * 

Speaking of beautiful sets as we 
were a moment or so ago, Walter 
Keller rates a low bow for his slum 
street in ". . .one third of a na- 
tion. . ." It's a honey Chris 
Beute, who used to assist A) 
Christie in Educational comedies, is 
out on the Coast directing features 



for Standard Productions, his 
friends might like to know .... Dor- 
othy Cummings, another localite, is 
holding script for him . Patricia 
(Honey-Chile) Wilder is a cousin 
of our own Fred Reil, veteran make- 
up ace Fred is another Georgia 
boy who made good in the big city . . 
Al Ritchie, ex-fighter and cowpunch- 
er, is making Dudley Murphy's pic- 
ture more exciting with his stunt- 
ing — such as leaping off a burning 
building, for instance .... Gloria 
Blake has been signed for a leading 
role in Vitaphone's "Hollywood," 
which was authored by Ed Sullivan. 

* * * 

Sam Marino, ex-Vitaphone camera- 
man, has turned producer and is 
making a series of one-reelers . . . . 
He recently completed "All-Girl 
Lifeguards" and another on "Jai- 
Alai" . . . .1. E. Lopert will not go in 
for French dialogue production as 
was previously reported but will 
produce in English. . . .Linda Lee Hill 
played the lead in a recently com- 
pleted non-theatrical short for the 
State of Pennsylvania on safe driv- 
ing.... It turned out so well they'll 
make a series of them.... 

* * * 

Bill Steiner is shooting tests for 
Selznick on — yes, you guessed it — 
"Gone With the Wind" . . Good to 
see Johnny Graham back on the As- 
toria lot as an assistant director on 
the Dudley Murphy set . . Jack 
Hyland, another film veteran, is 
working with the Bill Howard com- 
pany. . Ben Blake has completed 
"Two Sisters" starring Jennie Gold- 
stein in her first picture role . . . 
Ben is giving it one of those 'Hol- 
lywood' openings shortly with the 
first nite's dividends going to char- 
ity. .. . 



Will Organize Philly's To See Andrews Friday 

Allied Unit on Friday : on Studio Wage-Hours Setup 



Philadelphia — Meeting to organ- 
ize an Allied unit here, originally 
scheduled for tomorrow, is now set 
for Friday, it was announced last 
night. 

Session will be open to all exhibs. 
Abram F. Myers, Col. H. A. Cole 
and Sid Samuelson are expected to 
attend and speak. Latter may func- 
tion as organizer, it is reported. 



Saves Life in Fire 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Lyle Talbot, actor, 
saved a guest, Franklin D. Parker, 
actor, from death in a fire that de- 
stroyed his Beverly Hills residence. 
Talbot was critically burned about 
his hands and face and his hair 
was burned off. 



Hoffberg-Sonotone Deal 

Deal has been closed by J. H. 
Hoffberg with Sonotone in Chicago 
for a first-run engagement of "The 
Volga Boatman,'' it was learned 
yesterday Hoffberg is distributing 
the French picture in this country. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

operation manager of Paramount, 
and Maurice Benjamin of Loeb & 
Loeb, counsel for Metro, Universal 
and other major studios. 

The four are due in New York to- 
morrow, en route to Washington. 
Formidable task they confront is in- 
dicated by the fact that in produc- 
tion there are now 620 classifica- 
tions of workers. 



Gleason to Act Only 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Republic has re- 
signed Jimmy Gleason on a straight 
acting contract for four "Higgins 
Family" pictures. Gleason was pre- 
viously on an acting-producing- 
writing-directing contract for this 
studio. Contracts are expected to 
be signed shortly with Lucille Glea- 
son and James Gleason for the 
"Higgins Family" pictures. 



COLOR PIX TELECASTS 
ENTAIL NO ROYALTY 



(Continued from Page 1) 

processes should Paramount decide 
to give DuMont access to its fea- 
tures and shorts in these media for 
experimental purposes brought from 
industry sources the declaration 
that there would be no barrier 
raised to such a step. 

Contracts effectuated by produc- 
ing companies with Technicolor to 
date have no limitation clauses 
other than those which require 
credit on titles and the agreement 
that no Technicolor prints will be 
made available to any source other 
than the contracting producing or- 
ganization unless it is with the lat- 
ter's permission. Thus, insofar as 
color productions to date are con- 
cerned, their use for telecasts will 
entail no royalty payments to Tech- 
nicolor, it was pointed out. 

A similar situation exists as far 
as Cinecolor is concerned, it is as- 
serted. Paramount has used this 
process in numerous short subjects. 

It is additionally pointed out that 
NBC in all probability will have ac- 
cess to RKO's film archives for tele- 
vision experimentation. 

Freeman Presides as Para, 
Honors Plane Crash Heroes 



With Y. Frank Freeman, Para, 
theater head, presiding and Wil- 
liam A. Wellman, producer-director, 
as toastmaster, Paramount and the 
Association of Men With Wings 
tendered a dinner at the Astor last 
night to honor Capt. David Hissong, 
Pilot Clyde R. Russell and Flight 
Steward Frank Gibbs of Eastern Air 
Lines, heroes of the Oct. 18 air 
crash near Montgomery. 

Dinner, which was followed by a 
special premiere showing of Para.'s 
"Men With Wings" at the New York 
Paramount, brought together one of 
the largest assemblages of aviation 
"names" in the city's history. Three 
honor guests were presented with 
"Men With Wings" medals, presen- 
tation being made by Joseph V. Con- 
nolly, Hearst exec, who was on 
the crashed plane. 

Among those in attendance were 
Louise Campbell, femme lead in the 
Para, pix; J. J. Unger, Floyd B. 
Odium and Austin C. Keough. 



Engages M. P. Process Corp. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The Motion Pictures 
Process Corp. has been engaged to 
do the special effects on "The Duke 
of West Point," which is being pro- 
duced by Edward Small Productions. 



Patriotic Gesture 

London (By Cable) — As a patriotic 
gesture, 20th-Fox and British Movie- 
tone News have announced employes 
joining the Territorial Army or similar 
service will be paid during field train- 
ing and additionally will be entitled to 
the normal Summer holidays with pay 



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DAILY 



Wednesday, October 26, 1938 



.v .v Reviews of th€ new fiLms k .v 



"Cipher Bureau" 

with Leon Ames, Charlotte Wynters, Don 

Dillaway 

GN-Fine Arts 70 mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

SUSPENSEFUL ACTION AND MANY 
NOVEL ANGLES MARK THIS SPY STORY. 

An engrossing story of espionage is this 
picture in which codes and their decipher- 
ing are all important. It is a splendid idea 
for a production; built on the suspense ac- 
tion lines. Many novel angles are de- 
veloped which make the piece very inter- 
esting, and with its very capable cast 
and first rate production quality, it is a 
picture that compares very favorably with 
major companies' program fare. Leon 
Ames does an excellent job as the head 
of the cipher bureau, and good work is 
turned in by Charlotte Wynters, Don Dil- 
laway, Joan Woodbury, Tenen Holtz, Gus- 
tav Von Seyffertitz, Walton Bonn, Si 
Wills, Peter Lynn, John Smart and Sidney 
Miller. Arthur Hoerl and Monroe Shaff 
authored a yarn, the very nature of which 
has mysterious qualities. With Hoerl's 
screenplay it is a well-knit, nicely worked 
out plot. As associate producer, Charles La- 
ment contributed much to the story layout, 
and in his direction he has conveyed to 
the screen the material which makes this 
a good piece of entertainment of the sus- 
pense action type no matter what the 
bankroll. Franklyn Warner and his ex- 
ecutive manager, J. Samuel Berkowitz, 
showed good judgment in making this pic- 
ture for it can play any double feature 
situation, and where single features of the 
program variety are shown, it should hold 
its own. As for story, a spy ring headed 
by Tenen Holtz wants some valuable pa- 
pers on the naval program. His group 
uses numerous codes. Heading the United 
States cipher bureau is Leon Ames. To 
run down the spy ring he has to use his 
brother, Don Dillaway, who gets mixed up 
with Joan Woodbury, a member of the 
ring. In love with Dillaway, Joan conveys 
important information which informs Ames 
that Holtz is giving a piano concert over 
the air which really is a means of trans- 
mitting a message. Ames is able to de- 
cipher that message which brings about 
the capture of Holtz and his gang. 

CAST: Leon Ames, Charlotte Wynters, 
Don Dillaway, Joan Woodbury, Tenen 
Holtz, Gustav Von Seyffertitz, Walton 
Bonn, Si Wills, Peter Lynn, Jason Robards, 
Joe Romantini, Hooper Atchley, Tudor Wil- 
liams, John Smart, Sidney Miller, Tommy 
Carr. 

CREDITS: Executive Producer, Franklyn 
Warner; Associate Producer, Charles La- 
mont; Director, Charles Lamont; Authors, 
Arthur Hoerl and Monroe Shaff; Screen- 
play, Arthur Hoerl; Executive Manager, J. 
Samuel Berkowitz; Cameraman, Arthur 
Martinelli; Art Director, Ralph Berger; 
Editor, Bernard Loftus; Sound, Hal Bum- 
baugh; Musical Supervision, Screen Music, 
Inc. 



DIRECTION, Excellent. 
PHY, Very Good. 



PHOTOGRA- 



"Prison Train" 

with Fred Keating, Linda Winters, 

Clarence Muse 

Equity 66 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

SUSPENSEFUL ACTION MELODRAMA 
RATES AS ONE OF THE BETTER INDIES. 

In the independent field of action melo- 
drama, this rates as one of the better pro- 
ductions. Suspense is its keynote, and that 
quality keeps the picture interesting 
throughout. As the prison train rolls on 
its way from New York to Alcatraz, just 
how, when and where Keating is going to 
get his due keeps one wondering. Besides, 
it has well interspersed action. Fred 
Keating turns in a splendid performance 
as a gangster first nonchalantly and then 
fearfully awaiting death, and a new fellow, 
John Pearson, who works on the same 
order as did the late Ted Healy, gets in 
some good laughs. The Mathew Borden 
story, which was screenplayed by Spencer 
Towne, is well knit, and Gordon Wiles has 
directed the material to its full possibili- 
ties. B. P. Zeidman, the producer, and 
Alvin G. Manuel, his associate producer, 
have done notably in giving the piece a 
lot of production considering the bankroll 
classification. Fred Keating is to go on 
trial as the power behind the number 
rackets. His only virtue seems to be his 
devotion to his sister, Linda Winters. 
Wanting to get out of the rackets and 
believing Alexander Leftwich has donie 
some squealing, Keating is about to turn 
the rackets over to Leftwich when he 
accidentally kills the latter's son whom he 
believes is trying to take advantage of his 
sister. The court finds Keating guilty of 
murder in the second degree and since the 
crime happened to be committed on gov- 
ernment property, he is sent to Alcatraz. 
Leftwich swears to get him, the sister 
hears about it and gets on the train so as 
to warn her brother, and a young govern- 
ment officer also gets on. There is a 
buildup all the way across the country, 
and some place in the West, Keating and 
Leftwich shoot it out. The sister needs 
someone, and the young government man 
fits into the set-up nicely. 

CAST: Fred Keating, Linda Winters, 
Clarence Muse, Faith Bacon, Alexander 
Leftwich, James Blakely, Sam Bernard, 
John Pearson, Nestor Paiva, Val Stanton, 
Peter Potter, Kit Guard, Franklyn Farnum, 
George Lloyd, Harry Anderson. 

CREDITS: Producer, B. F. Zeidman; As- 
sociate Producer, Alvin G. Manuel; Direc- 
tor, Gordon Wiles; Author, Mathew Bor- 
den; Screenplay, Spencer Towne; Camera- 
man, Marcel Le Picard; Special Effects, 
Howard Anderson; Art Director, Frank 
Sylos; Editor, Edward Schroeder; Sound 
Engineer, Glen Glenn; Music Supervisor, 
David Chudnow. 

DIRECTION, Expert. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Rep. Signs Warner Houses 

Warner houses in Philadelphia, 
Pittsburgh and Washington have 
signed for Republic's 1938-39 pro- 
grams. Other deals cover W. A. 
Simon Circuit for 10 Montana situ- 
ations and the Theatrical Manag- 
ers Circuit, operating in Indiana. 



"The Sunset Trail" 

with William Boyd, George Hayes, Russell 

Hayden 

Para. -Sherman 60 mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

ANOTHER TIP-TOP HOPALONG CAS- 
SIDY. THIS TIME WITH MORE EMPHA- 
SIS ON COMEDY. 

This measures up to the high standard 
of previous "Hopalong" Cassidys, and is 
of real credit to Harry Sherman, the pro- 
ducer. It has more comedy than usual, 
with William Boyd given an opportunity 
to wear civilian clothes and win laughs 
while posing as a tenderfoot. The old 
standbys, George Hayes and Russell Hay- 
den do good work, while Charlotte Wynters, 
Jane Clayton, Robert Fiske, Anthony Nace, 
Kenneth Harlan, Maurice Cass, Alphonse 
Ethier and Kathryn Sheldon are among the 
capable principals. The eye-filling back- 
grounds have been beautifully photographed 
by Russell Harlan. Lesley Selander turned 
in a splendid job of direction and guided 
the action and comedy effectively. Nor- 
man Houston supplied an excellent screen- 
play. Kenneth Harlan sells his cattle to 
Fiske, a gambler, for $30,000. Harlan, his 
wife, Charlotte Wynters, and their daugh- 
ter, Jane Clayton, leave by stagecoach for 
Sacramento. The coach is held up, and 
Harlan is slain and robbed. Charlotte 
appeals to the authorities and Boyd is 
placed on the case. He goes as a tender- 
foot, and in a poker game with Nace, 
one of Fiske's henchmen, a $100 bill is 
passed that Boyd discovers is one that was 
stolen from Harlan. Boyd kills Nace in a 
thrilling gun duel, and then goes to town 
to play Fiske. He wins heavily from Fiske, 
and with Hayes makes a hurried departure 
on a stagecoach. Fiske and his man hold 
up the coach, but Boyd is successful in a 
gun duel with Fiske. 

CAST: William Boyd, George Hayes, Rus- 
sell Hayden, Charlotte Wynters, Jane Clay- 
ton, Robert Fiske, Kenneth Harlan, An- 
thony Nace, Kathryn Sheldon, Maurice 
Cass, Alphonse Ethier, Glenn Strange 
Claudie Smith. 

CREDITS: Producer, Harry Sherman; Di- 
rector, Lesley Selander; Based on Charles 
E. Mulford's story; Screenplay and Dialog, 
Norman Houston; Cameraman, Russell Har- 
lan; Art Director, Lewis J. Rachmil; Sound, 
Earl Sitar; Editor, Robert Warwick. 

DIRECTION, Splendid. PHOTOGRA- 

PHY, Beautiful. 



'Girls on Probation" 



Warners 



63 Mins. 



Lachman to France 

Harry Lachman is en route to 
France to select a number of new 
French pictures for Tri-National 
Films, Inc., release, it was an- 
nounced yesterday by the com- 
pany. At the same time it was 
learned that Lachman will direct sev- 
eral pictures for Andre Daven, 
French producer. 



"Antoinette" In London 

London (By Cable) — Metro's 
"Marie Antoinette" will have itsi 
London rjremiere tomorrow at the 
Empire Theater. 



MORALIZING FILM MOVES HEAVILY 
THROUGH DEPRESSING PRISON ATMOS- 
PHERE UNRELIEVED BY BRIGHT SB^TS. 

This is the female version of the\rfd- 
boiled gangster type so brilliantly done by 
the same studio in "Angels With Dirty 
Faces." In the latter the fact that crime 
doesn't pay is proved without moralizing in 
shows how one of their set can get it in 
sparkling drama. In this one the female 
delinquent is thrown into a criminal atmos- 
phere and proves that crime doesn't pay 
with a lot of heavy moralizing and slow- 
footed and dull-witted exposition that is 
pretty much low-grade Class B. It may 
go great with the shop girl trade that 
likes their moralizing laid on thick, and 
shows how one of their set can get it in 
the neck just because the breaks are 
against her. But for the audience that 
thinks normally this offering will prove 
pretty sad and depressing. Jane Bryan 
gets in wrong through a girl pal who loans 
her a dress for a party that has been lifted 
from the stock of a dry-cleaning establish- 
ment where both girls work. Later she is 
on probation and meets the same girl who 
is in with a criminal just about finishing 
robbing a bank as the gal waits for him in 
the getaway car. The nice girl finds her- 
self in the car, and later in the pen doing 
a stretch. Meanwhile they investigate and 
parole her, and she gets a job with a young 
assistant district attorney interested in 
her. And so into the usual formula stuff, 
as the other girl again gets her tangled 
with crime against her will, and finally she 
clears herself through sheer honesty, brav- 
ery, and the love of a good man who be- 
lieves in her and all that sort of thing. 
The entire atmosphere of the film is too 
dreary to offer to a public already loaded 
down with their own miseries. No credits 
can be passed out to author, director or 
cast, who all combined to keep mediocrity 
just that way. 

CAST: Jane Bryan, Ronald Reagan, An- 
thony Averill, Sheila Bromley, Henry 
O'Neill, Elisabeth Risdon, Sig Rumann, 
Dorothy Peterson, Esther Dale, Susan Hay- 
ward, Larry Williams, Arthur Hoyt, Peggy 
Shannon, Lenita Lane, Janet Shaw, James 
Nolan. 

CREDITS: Director, William McCann; 
Author, Crane Wilbur; Screenplay, same. 

DIRECTION, Weak. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Okay. 



"Lynton" Hearing Nov. 1 

Hearing, originally scheduled to 
be held on Oct. 21 on the determi- 
nation of damages in the "Letty 
Lynton" plagiarism action brought 
by Edward Sheldon and Margaret 
Ayer Barnes against M-G-M, has 
been set for Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. 
in the offices of Special Master 
Kenneth E. Walser, 40 Wall St. Lat- 
ter's absence from New York on 
Oct. 1 caused the postponement. 



To Handle Empress Pix 

Buffalo — Pam-0 Film Exchange, 
Inc., will distribute Empress Pic- 
tures' releases in up-state New 
York. 



Wednesday, October 26, 1938 



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DAILY 



:< :< REVIEWS Of THE nEUI FILMS :< :< 



"Tarnished Angel" 

with Sally Eilers, Lee Bowman 

RKO 67 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

WfES GAMBLING RACKET AND 

FA!*H HEALING; OKAY FOR POP 

AUDIENCES. 

In an interesting way, the career of a 
girl out to make easy money is traced. 
First she is a come-on, in the gambling 
racket, and then she gets into faith-heal- 
ing. Most of the picture deals with the 
latter. As regular program fare it should 
do all right. Saul Elkins' story and adapta- 
tion with Jo Pagano's screenplay provides 
some good angles to the business of mentai 
cures, and Leslie Goodwins has given the 
action a good pace besides directing the 
cast in very capable style. Sally Eilers 
gives a very good performance as the girl 
in the case, and Lee Bowman shows his 
capabilities as a breezy likeable young 
fellow who never gives up his love for 
Sally. Ann Miller sings a song nicely, 
does a splendid fast tap routine, and comes 
through well on the dramatics. Others 
worthy of mention are Alma Kruger, Paul 
Guilfoyle, Jonathan Hale, Jack Arnold and 
Hamilton MacFadden. A song, "It's the 
Doctor's Orders" by Samuel Fain and Lew 
Brown is put to good use. B. P. Fineman 
produced the piece. After giving up her 
association in the gambling business, Sally 
Eilers decides that faith healing wouid be 
a good racket. Money rolls in, but when 
Jonathan Hale, a detective, catches up with 
her, she tells her followers of her past and 
uses it as an example of how a person 
can get a bad start, but still get on to 
the right path. She agrees to give a major 
share of her income to a children's hospital. 
She endears herself to the townspeople, 
and also learns of the kids suffering. With 
an old confederate she plans a robbery 
on the woman who has befriended her. 
Sally cannot go through with the theft 
and at the last minute explains everything. 
Lee Bowman has always wanted her as 
his wife and Sally finally realizes how much 
she loves him. 

CAST: Sally Eilers, Lee Bowman, Ann 
Miller, Alma Kruger, Paul Guilfoyle, Jona- 
than Hale, Jack Arnold, Cecil Kellaway, 
Janet Dempsey, Hamilton MacFadden, By- 
ron Foulger. 

CREDITS: Producer, B. P. Fineman; Pro- 
duction Executive, Lee Marcus; Director, 
Leslie Goodwins; Story and Adaptation by 
Saul Elkins; Screenplay, Jo Pagano; Cam- 
eraman, Nicholas Musuraca, ASC; Art Di- 
rector, Van Nest Polglase; Associate, Al- 
bert D'Agostino; Sound, Hugh McDowell, 
Jr.; Editor, Demond Marquette; Song, "!t's 
The Doctor's Orders," Lew Brown and 
Samuel Fain. 

DIRECTION, Very Good. PHOTOGRA- 
PHY, Good. 



"Outside the Law" 

with Jack Holt, Beverly Roberts 

Columbia-Darmour 66 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

MEDICAL STORY WITH BACKWOODS 
SETTING MAKES GOOD PROGRAM FARE. 

Around the antipathy of the backwoods 
people for modern methods in medicine, 
Larry Darmour has made a very interesting 
picture. As good program fare, it should 
be well received by regular audiences. 
Lewis Collins has taken a straight-line, 
down-tc-earth, tightly constructed stcry, 
which Gordon Rigby and Carlton Sand au- 
thored and which Rigby screenplayed, and 
directed it in a highly suspenseful manner. 
It holds one ever engrossed. He has done 
an excellent job with the cast which has 
Jack Holt giving a splendid performance 
as the unswerving doctor, who against 
great odds, introduces modern medicine to 
people who through ignorance, want no 
part of the "new fangled theories." Every 
member of the cast performs admirably, 
with John Qualen, Paul Everton, Noah 
Beery, Jr., and Beverly Roberts coming in 
for special mention. Larry Darmour has 
dressed the piece most appropriately, and 
on Columbia's program, it should do all 
right. As for plot, Holt, a famous New 
York doctor, vacations in the backwoods 
town of Coltersville. An accident brings 
him in contact with the local medical sit- 
uation, which is just about fifty years 
behind the times. Aided by Beverly Rob- 
erts, a nurse, and Noah Beery, Jr., who 
rebels against his father's quack treat- 
ments, Holt finally is able to convince these 
people that modern medicine is their savior, 
but this only comes about after numerous 
lives were lost in a typhoid epidemic. 
Even Holt's chief antagonist, the local prac- 
titioner, Paul Everton, admits he is ail 
wrong. 

CAST: Jack Holt, Beverly Roberts, Paul 
Everton, Noah Beery, Jr., John Qualen, 
Charles Middleton, Helen Jerome Eddy, 
Arthur Aylesworth, Barbara Pepper, Vic 
Potel. 

CREDITS: Producer, Larry Darmour; Di- 
rector, Lewis D. Collins; Authors, Gordon 
Rigby, Carlton Sand; Screenplay, Gordon 
Rigby; Cameraman, James S. Brown, Jr.; 
Sound, Tom Lambert; Editor, Dwight Cald- 
well. 

DIRECTION, Suspenseful. PHOTOGRA- 
PHY, Good. 




National Pictures Edits 

Six French Pix for U. S. 



Circuits Take "Monastery" 

Cleveland — Harry Thomas has 
closed a deal with Independent 
Film Service, operated by Harry 
Lande and Nate Gerson, for Ohio 
and Kentucky distribution of "Mon- 
astery.'' The picture, according to 
Lande, has been booked to play the 
Warner and the Shea houses 
throughout the territory. 



National Pictures Corp. recently 
formed by Edwin Fadiman and a 
group of French and Belgian asso- 
ciates, for the importation and ex- 
ploitation of foreign pictures in the 
U. S. and Latin America, has es- 
tablished permanent offices on the 
16th floor of the Paramount Build- 
ing. 

The first six of the new company's 
French releases are now being 
edited and sub-titled in English and 
will include "Legion of Honor," 
this year's French first prize win- 
ner, with Marie Bell of "Carnet de 
Bal" fame, Charles Vanel, and 
Pierre Renoir, on which the New 
York first-run will shortly be an- 
nounced. 



"Nostradamus" 

(Historical Mystery) 

M-G-M 11 mins. 

Amazing Prophecy 

This subject ignores the point of 
the idea of the series, which purports 
to show the hidden facts behind 
great historcial events, such as Na- 
poleon not really having died at 
Elba, but his stooge double. In this 
one there is nothing but the straight 
recounting of the life of Michael de 
Nostradamus, a sixteenth century 
doctor who discovered many medi- 
cines, and thus brought the word 
"nostrum" into medical parlance. 
The film however treats of his pro- 
phetic gift, for he forsook medicine 
to become a hermit and devote his 
life to spiritual thoughts and de- 
veloping his prophetic vision. His 
various predictions are enumerated, 
such as foretelling the Black Plague, 
beheading of Charles II, the fate 
of Marie Antoinette, the rise of 
Napoleon. In his book, "Prophetic 
Centuries," he predicted events that 
would occur in the present, century, 
such as the World War, the abdica- 
tion of the Duke of Windsor, and 
even of a man named "Hister" who 
would rise to power in Europe and 
conquer Austria. Believe it or not, 
they reproduce the ancient cryptical- 
ly worded entries in the handwriting 
of Nostradamus to prove he really 
foretold these things. But it still 
is not a "Historical Mystery," we 
claim. 



"Dude Ranch" 
RKO Pathe News 



9 min. 



Swell Outdoor Number 

Ho for the wide open spaces of 
the West, and "Dude Ranch" takes 
you there, in probably one of the 
most beautiful sections of the west- 
ern part of the U. S., Montana. 
Filmed around Livingstone, Mont., 
country that is noted for its cows 
and cowboys, not to mention the 
well known dude ranchers, this reel 
unveils the pictorial splendors of the 
West in effective fashion. The life 
of a guest on a dude ranch provides 
the material for the picture, but it 
is the country itself that holds your 
interest. Towering mountains, shim- 
mering lakes, running streams filled 
with trout, and the wide open plains 
that were once covered with buffalo 
herds present an enthralling picture 
as the camera takes you from one 
spot to another. Andre Baruch gives 
an interesting commentary. Frederic 
Ullman, Jr., produced and Frank 
Donovan supervised. 



humor. He manages to work in sev- 
eral of his specialties in the way of 
inventions that are funny. But the 
same cannot be said for the rest of 
the material, that strikes one as be- 
ing rather strained and unfunny. 
Taking a crack at New Yorkers, for 
instance, as a lot of chisellers, is not 
pop humor for theater consumption. 
Not in New York, anyway. 



"Stranger Than Fiction" 

(Number 55) 

Universal 9 'A Mins. 

Fairly Diverting 

Of the eight topics presented, the 
most novel is the climax footage 
depicting the bird who pulls up a 
tiny basket to his cage in order to 
eat the tidbits placed therein by 
visitors to the Parrot Jungle at 
Miami. Women patrons will enjoy 
the scenes of artificial flower-mak- 
ing by Paris artisans; the lady 
blacksmith of West Memphis, Ark.; 
and the growing of silk-worms in a 
New York attic. Remaining views 
are of an iron lung fabricated for 
infantile paralysis victims from old 
auto parts by a Seattle garage man; 
the making of special mud essential 
for oil well drilling; ducks in a 
Pennsylvania pond striving vainly to 
float when thousands of fish come 
to the surface for food; and the 
music purveyed via rubber glove, 
auto inner tubes and balloons by 
Jerry Lama of New York City. Reel 
is somewhat run-of-the-crop, but 
has its appealing moments. 



"Raising Canines" 

(Paragraphics) 

Paramount 10 mins. 

Good Dog Reel 

The proper training of a pup, 
demonstrated by an expert. Here is 
a fine subject that will exercise uni- 
versal appeal for all dog lovers. The 
teaching of all the elementary tricks 
that most people want to teach their 
dogs, is very informative and amus- 
ing. Then a sequence shows dogs 
being trained for motion picture 
work. The finale is that of a police 
dog being taught to disarm a man 
with a gun. The narration is by 
Alois Havrilla. 



"Rube Goldberg's Travelgab" 

Paramount 9 mins. 

Weak and None Too Funny 

The famous cartoonist's concep- 
tion of what is to be seen in a trip 
through New York streets. Rube 
Goldberg is seen giving the narra- 
i lion in his own peculiar style of 



"The City of Little Men" 

(A Miniature) 

M-G-M 11 mins. 

Fine Factual Story 

An aftermath of the company's 
"Boys' Town" feature, this is a very 
interesting presentation of the ac- 
tivities of the boys' city under di- 
rection of Father Flanagan. The 
work of the homeless boys in this 
Omaha community is very humanly 
presented. They are seen at their 
daily occupations, each boy being 
assigned studies and tasks, and most 
of them are taught trades that fit 
them to go out and take care of 
themselves when they come of age. 
The youngsters govern themselves, 
and reward and punish their mem- 
bers, carrying on the functions of a 
regular city's council chamber, po- 
lice department, etc. 

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Wednesday, October 26, 1938 



ADJOURNS RKO REORG. 
HEARING TO NOV. 22 



REVIEWS Of riEUJ fILms movie quiz closing 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ponement, and the counsels for 
other equity interests were unani- 
mously agreeable, Bondy, in discuss- 
ing a future date convenient to all 
concerned, declared that it would be 
some time before he could preside at 
another hearing inasmuch as he is 
scheduled to go to Motions shortly 
and that branch of judicial activity 
will command most of his available 
time. Accordingly he set Nov. 22, 
Room 506, at 2:30 p.m. for the next 
hearing. 

Judge Bondy asserted that the 
reading of briefs in the action will 
still require a full week for reading, 
and, that, in addition, there are sev- 
eral "real questions which have to 
be considered" before he will render 
a decision. He intimated that he 
might at some time between now and 
the conclusion of the next hearing 
have something to announce, de- 
pending upon the course of his find- 
ings. 

Attorney Rickaby's evident disap- 
pointment over the long adjournment 
gave rise to speculation on the part 
of some equity interest spokesmen 
that Atlas Corp., and allied pro- 
ponents, expected Judge Bondy to 
indicate approval of the plan yes- 
day. 



Philadelphia Variety Club 
Names Clark Chief Barker 



Philadelphia — William J. Clark, 
president of the State Motor Truck 
Association and secretary and treas- 
urer of the Horlacher Delivery Ser- 
vice, was unanimously chosen Chief 
Barker of the Variety Club of Phil- 
adelphia, at the first meeting of the 
newly elected board of directors, 
at the organization's headquarters 
in the Bellevue Stratford Hotel. 

Ted Schlanger, Philadelphia ex- 
ecutive of the Stanley- Warner the- 
aters was selected as first assistant 
chief barker; William H. Lee, the- 
ater architect, second assistant chief 
barker and Al Davis, 20th Century- 
Fox Film Company, secretary. Earle 
W. Sweigert, Philadelphia, manager 
Paramount Pictures, was reappoint- 
ed chairman of the membership com- 
mittee for 1939, with Ben Fertel, 
theater exhibitor retaining chair- 
manship of the House committee for 
another year. 

The newly elected board of di- 
rectors is composed of Messrs. Clark, 
Schlanger, Lee, Davis, Sweigert, 
and Lewen Pizor, president of the 
Motion Picture Theater Owners, 
David E. Weshner of the Stanley- 
Warner Company; William Wolff, 
Al Fischer and Leo Posel, theater 
executives; David Supowitz, theater 
architect; E. M. Orowitz, motion pic- 
ture writer; James P. Clark, presi- 
dent, Horlacher Film Service; pres- 
ent Chief Barker Jack Beresin and 
ex-Chief Barker Ben Amsterdam of 
the Atlantic Theaters of New Jer- 
sey. 



"Side Show Fakir" 

(Mentone Brevity No. 68) 

Universal 20 mins. 

Above Par Vaude Reel 

As usual, Mentone digs down into 
its bag of novelty ideas to provide 
a suitable mode and mood for pre- 
senting its vaude with logical con- 
tinuity. Thus emerges a side show 
tent, with Clyde Hager as the Dark- 
er. Latter acts as m.c. for the 
Negro quartette, the Charioteers, 
who are as splendid in their screen 
renditions as before the microphones 
of Mutual and NBC. A good deal of 
pep is injected by the pleasing 
warblings of Mildred Fenton; the 
tap dancing of seven-year-old Sugar 
Nichols who appears with the lithe 
and rhythmic Harry Bernie as her 
adult partner; and the prairie melo- 
dies of the Royal Rangers, cowboy 
band. The Stanley Bros., vaude 
acrobatic dancers, are a lively addi- 
tion, and so is Bobby Leonard, com- 
edian. All in all this short is de- 
cidedly above par. 



"Trans America" 

RKO Pathe News 10 mins. 

Corking Short 

See America first, and do it via 
the airways, might be the catchword 
of this reel as you travel across the 
continent in an airliner. Narrated 
by Andre Baruch, there is sustained 
interest throughout the film for 



audiences. Reel starts at Newark 
Airport and then goes West and 
North. The camera work is fine, 
and the film is highlighted by excel- 
lent shots of the most picturesque 
sections of the country. Interior 
shots in the planes are also shown, 
with meals being served and sleeper 
berths being made up for the night. 
The western scenery, particularly 
shots of the Rockies and their ad- 
jacent ranges in Montana and Wy- 
oming are very effective. A night 
landing at the Chicago field is also 
shown. Frederic Ullman, Jr., pro- 1 
duced and Frank Donovan super- 
vised. 






DATE STAYS DEC. 31 



"Not Guilty Enough" 

with Andy Clyde 

Columbia 17 mins. 

Amusing Comedy 

Shemp Howard, brother of two of 
the three stooges, assists Andy 
Clyde in this new Columbia comedy, 
and the effects of his assistance are 
devastating. Andy is first seen be- 
fore a judge, about to be sentenced 
on an assault and battery charge. 
However, he asks the judge to judge 
him on his own account of what 
happened. He recites the efforts of 
brother-in-law Shemp to raise vege- 
tables in Andy's back yard with a 
tractor and a few other gadgets, 
and the judge lets him off to finish 
his assault and battery, job 



Louis Jackson Acquires 

Elstree's M. P. Studios 



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London (By Cable) — Louis Jack- 
son has acquired for Anglo-Ameri- 
can Film Corp., the M. P. Studios 
at Elstree. Associated with Jackson 
in the deal, which involved the sum 
of $250,000, are Lord Grimthorpe 
and Eustace Watkins. A distribu- 
tion tie-up with Anglo-American is 
included in the deal. 

Jackson, it is stated, is prepared 
to advance 100 per cent studio credit 
in addition to a cash advance up to 
25 per cent of the production esti- 
mate to producers of certain types 
of films for release through his rent- 
ing organization. 



Ky. Okays "Birth of Baby" 

Cincinnati — "The Birth of a 
Baby," approved in Kentucky, has 
opened for an indefinite run at Mary 
Anderson, Louisville, Paramount 
Ashland and Strand, Newport. The 
film has been booked by the Schi 
Kentucky theaters, and the Ward 
Elliott circuit, with houses at Mt 
Sterling, Georgetown, Somerset, 
Winchester, Frankfort and Ver- 
sailles. 



Gunshot Wounds Fatal 

Oklahoma City — Fred Cross, as- 
sistant manager of the Griffith 
Amusement Co. theaters at Hobart, 
Okla., is dead from gunshot wounds 
received as the result of a duck- 
hunting accident. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

in the long-pending British-Amer- 
ican reciprocal trade treaty was un- 
officially admitted at the State De- 
partment last night. Sir Ronald 
Lindsay, British Ambassador, form- 
ally delivered the British note to 
Secretary of State Hull late yester- 
day, but the State Department offi- 
cially declined to disclose the con- 
tents until the note had been given 
thorough study. 

Harry C. Hawkins, chief of the 
Department's Division of Trade 
Agreement, admitted to The Film 
Daily that he had heard the report 
that the treaty, if successfully ne- 
gotiated, would mean a 50 to 75 per 
cent American film sale increase 
with Great Britain. He added, how- 
ever, that no actual details would 
be given out at this time pending 
a thorough going-over. 

There is no indication as to a 
final negotiation date. 



e of U. S.-British Trade 
Treaty in the Balance 



(Continued from Page 1) 

the campaign committee, stated, fol- 
lowing the meeting, that "in view 
of the fact that it has been -Pub- 
licly stated that the contest m'\ to 
end on Dec. 31, the executive ^rom- 
mittee feels that it will not be 
keeping faith with the public to ex- 
tend the contest beyond that date.'' 
After polling regional chairmen, 
Schaefer said, the majority opinion 
was against extending the time. He 
pointed out that the 30,000,000 Quiz 
booklets specifically state that the 
contest would close Dec. 31 and "to 
keep faith with these millions of 
patrons, the industry must adhere 
strictly to its original commitment." 



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Previous Trust Case Enters 
Into Momand's Court Action 



(Continued from Page 1) 

S. Vaught, his colleague in the pre- 
vious action (Momand vs. Para- 
mount Publix in 1934) and passed 
consideration of the defendants' mo- 
tion to strike on the understanding 
that there would be no argument at 
a hearing scheduled for Nov. 5|. 
Judge Murrah said he would strike 
from the files any pleadings con- 
trary to the previous court rulings. 

It was said unofficially that the 
in the current petition had 
ied and previously settled, 
important precedent was set 
in Judge Murrah's overruling of 
motions by Vitaphone, Vitagraph 
and Warner Bros, to strike which 
now gives opportunity for one and 
all to secure service on Warners in 
any Federal district court. He also 
overruled motions to quash of 
Pathe, Publix and Educational. 

A. B. Momand's anti-trust suit 
against the majors and affiliated cir- 
cuits involves approximately $5,- 
000,000. 



J-L-S Policy for Oriental 

Chicago — Johnny Jones, managing 
director of Jones, Linick & Schae- 
fer, said yesterday that the circuit 
is taking over the Oriental Theater 
on a 25-year lease. Opening is set 
for early November with a stage 
and film policy. The circuit will 
also continue operation of the State 
Lake Theater with Balaban & Katz 
partnership. Rental for the Orien- 
tai-is said to be considerably under 
"*e $4,000 per week that B & K 
as paying. 



London (By Cable) — Great Brit- 
ain has rejected the latest American 
demands for tariff concessions, and, 
unless Washington has counter-pro- 
posals to make that are acceptable 
to the British Cabinet, the prospect 
is for a committee break-down in 
negotiations, it is stated here. 



"Bomba" Stories for Pix 

Robert Mintz and Louis Weiss will 
film "Bomba, the Jungle Boy," as' 
the first of a series of pix based 
on the Ray Rockwood "Bomba" 
books. Film rights have been ac- 
quired and Mintz leaves for the 
Coast shortly to confer with Weiss. 
According to Mintz, the series will 
be released by a major company. 



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VCl> 74, NO. 92 



NEW YORK, THURSDAY. OCTOBER 27. 1938 



TEN CENTS 



Southwestern Circuit-Owned Film Theaters Show Gains 

EXPECT jllE UNITS TO M TRADE PARLEYS TODAY 

Majors Look to Reopening of Fertile Spanish Market 



Foreign Dept. Execs. Believe 

It Will Partially Offset 

Italian Loss 

With indications that the Civil 
War in Spain may be terminated 
within a few months, foreign de- 
partment execs, are understood to 
be preparing for the reopening of 
a fertile market. Before hostilities 
broke out, Spain represented almost 
40 p.c. of the revenue derived by 
American companies from Spanish- 
speaking countries. Even though re- 
construction after the war may be a 
long and costly task, it is believed 
that motion pictures will be one of 
the chief demands by the populace. 

Despite the war, American com- 
(Continued on Page 4) 

GB WILL DISTRIBUTE 
SCHOOL PIX ON OWN 



Distribution of Gaumont British 
Instructional Films' program in this 
country will be handled here 
through the company's own facili- 
ties, with GB salesmen selling, Ar- 
thur A. Lee, vice-president and gen- 
eral manager, told The Film Daily 
last night. 

Lee said that educational organi- 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Briefs Asked by FCC 

on A T & t Probe Report 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — FCC yesterday called 
upon the AT&T, its subsidiary 
and related companies, to file briefs 
within 30 days on the proposed re- 

(Continued on Page 7) 



Legit. After Pix 

Dallas — Interstate circuit has booked 
Broadway legit, production of "You 
Can't Take It With You" for Texas, 
with Melba Theater here dated for 
Dec. 9-10. Capra's pix version is now 
in its third week here. It's first time 
an original production has trailed a 
pix here. 



Deny D of J Criminal Crackdown Threat 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Published reports that the Justice Department had handed the majors 
an "ultimatum" to slap on the industry criminal indictments if a consent decree in the 
New York anti-trust suit is not promptly effected were scouted at the Department 
yesterday. 

It was said the Department is concentrating on its equity action and could be pre- 
pared to go to Court Dec. 1. 



SUIT OVER PREMIUMS PARTICULARS SOUGHT 



THREATENED IN PHILLY 



Philadelphia — Exhibitors of the 
South Philadelphia area threw down 
a challenge to exchanges yesterday 
to force them to ban premiums in 
that area as well as everywhere. 

The exhibitors of this section of 
Philadelphia voted to advise all ex- 
changes here that henceforth in- 
stead of being forced into premiums 
that would cut the women's admis- 
sion on certain days 10 cents the ex- 
(Continued on Page 4) 



BY MAJORS IN SUIT 



Attorneys for majors named as 
defendants in the Government's 
equity suit descended en masse on 
Federal Court here yesterday to 
file notes of issue in moves for bills 
of particulars. 

Companies to file embraced: 
Paramount, RKO, through Irving 
Trust Co., trustee: Loew's, Warners, 
Universal, K-A-O. National The- 
aters and Chase National Bank, lat- 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Indestructible Metal Alloy |"U" Financial Report 

Film Said Nearly Ready to Show Marked Gains 



"With research and engineering 

work completed, the Taylor- Sloane 

Corp. is ready to start production of 

a metal alloy film that is non-inflam- 

(Continued on Page 6) 



Universal's fiscal year ends next 
Monday and indications are that the 
company's financial statement will 
show a decided improvement over 

{Continued on Page 5) 



822 Out of 2,134 Theaters in Six 
Southwestern States Circuit-Owned 



Hoffberg Sees Slim Market 
For French Film Imports 

Chicago — Outlook for the absorp- 
tion by the U. S. market of the in- 
creased number of French pix being 
imported this year is none too bright, 
in the opinion of J. H. Hoffberg, 
currently here on a nation-wide sur- 
vey of the foreign film market. 

If the French pix are to get any- 
where on this side, there must be 

(Continued on Page 4) 



By ERNEST W. FAIR 

FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Oklahoma City — Circuit owned 
houses in six Southwestern states 
comprised 38.5 per cent of all the- 
aters, a survey by Film Daily re- 
veals, with 36 circuits and their af- 
filiates, large and small, operating 
822 houses out of a total of 2,134 
in the six Southwestern states of 
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Okla- 
homa, Louisiana and Arkansas. 

Authorities estimate that this 

(Continued on Page 7) 



Group to Discuss Individual 

Problems; Allied Resumes 

Talks This Morning 

Committees representing Allied 
and the unaffiliated exhibitor units 
will continue their discussions today 
with the distributors' committees, 
with indications that the unaffiliateds 
will wind up their deliberations late 
this afternoon. 

Discussions today will be concen- 
trated on individual problems of the 
regional units without any reference 
to the national issues. These groups 
yesterday presented their requests 
to the distributors and both sides 
delved into them for a thorough dis- 
cussion. 

Allied's committee continued its 

(Continued on Page 7) 



PIX PROBLEM STANDS 
ALONE, ARNOLD HOLDS 



Two Government "key men" from 
the industry standpoint were New 
York visitors yesterday. 

Thurman Arnold, Assistant U. S. 
Attorney General, who figures large- 
ly in the pix picture as a result of 
the equity suit, told the New York 
Herald-Tribune Forum that "we 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Kelly to Italy Saturday; 
To Probe Monopoly Issue 

Arthur W. Kelly, vice-president 
in charge of United Artists' foreign 
department, sails Saturday on the 
Rex for Italy in connection with the 
Italian government's monopoly on 

(Continued on Page 5) 



Dinner for Spitz 

Chicago — Local industry plans a tes- 
timonial dinner for Leo Spitz, who 
stepped down last week as head of 
RKO subsidiaries and who shortly is 
exoected to give way to George J. 
Schaefer as RKO prexy. Spitz plans 
shortly to re-establish his residence 
here where he is a member of the law 
firm of Spitz Cr Adcock. 



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Loew's Pfd. at New High 

Loew's preferred reached a new 
high for the year on the big board 
yesterday, closing at lll 1 ^, an in- 
crease of 3% for the day and also 
above the year's previous high. War- 
ner bonds also advanced to a new 
high for the year, closing at 88, an 
increase of 2 points for the day and 
also of 2 over the previous 1938 
high. 




Postal Officials Probe 

Quiz "Tipster" Sheets 

Post office authorities of Rich- 
mond, Va., have submitted circulars 
picked up locally, purporting to fur- 
nish solutions to the Movie Quiz 
contest, to the postal inspector in 
New York City to determine whether 
these "tipster" sheets are fraudu- 
lent. 

Action of the local officials was 
taken following complaints from 
Richmond residents who have been 
receiving the circulars in the mails. 
The circulars were sent out by a 
"Contest Service," operators un- 
known, with a return address of a 
post-office box in Brooklyn. 

Headquarters of Motion Pictures' 
Greatest Year, sponsors of the con- 
test, pointed out that errors had 
been discovered in all so-called "tip- 
sheets" on the contest, and might be 
made the basis for action against 
the tipsters. 



Neb. Anti-Ascap Test Case 
Coming Up After Election 

Lincoln, Neb. — Anti-Ascap test 
case in Federal Court will lie dor- 
mant until after election, so advises 
the Attorney-General's office. Bill 
passed in 1937 unicameral legisla- 
ture, says all music combinations are 
illegal in Nebraska, and subject to 
$5,000 fine in each violation. Injunc- 
tion holds up enforcement, and 
Ascap takes heart in statement of 
Judge Munger, when filed, when he 
said he had "grave doubts'' of the 
bill's constitutionality. Ascap bar- 
risters claim the unicameral slipped 
into high and took over some of the 
congressional powers in passing the 
law. 



GTEC 3 Months' Profit 

Reported at $218,524 

General Theaters Equipment Corp. 
and subsidiary companies, excluding 
Cinema Building Corp., J. M. Wall 
Machine Co., Inc., and Zephyr 
Shaver Corp. report consolidated net 
profit, after provision for deprecia- 
tion and estimated normal Federal 
income tax, for the three months 
ended Sept. 30, of $218,524. This 
compares with consolidated net 
profit of $257,805 reported for the 
corresponding period last year. 



Lab. Pacts Nearly Set 

Contracts presented to Ace and 
HER Laboratories by Local 702, 
lab. workers union, are expected to 
be signed in the near future, pos- 
sibly by the end of this week, it was 
learned yesterday. Negotiations 
were said to have reached a final 
phase with only a few points still 
to be agreed upon. Contract with 
Du Art Laboratory was signed re- 
cently following lengthy negotia- 
tions. 



Specialists for 25 years in the storage of Afk JJQ Meef N()v 2021 

valuable film. 

Little Rock, Ark.— ITO will hold 
its semi-annual convention here 
Nov. 20-21. 



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Thursday, October 27, 1938 



Film Prospects Duller as 
U. S.-Brit. Treaty is Studied 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — As close study got 
under way at State Department yes- 
terday on the British note-reply on 
the pending American-British re- 
ciprocal trade treaty, insiders ex- 
pressed less optimism as to motion 
picture prospects contained therein 
than at first blush when receipt of 
note was first announced Tuesday 
night. 

It was said yesterday's study 
showed that Great Britain had not 
acceded to the American stipula- 
tions in certain important products 
and commodities. That the pending 
treaty may still be in for another 
delay before final negotiation was 
indicated in yesterday's press con- 
ference announcement by Secretary 
Hull, who pointed out that although 
the treaty had entered its final stage 
he could not tell how long this final 
stage would last. 

The Department's Trade Agree- 
ments Division worked long yester- 
day on the note. When asked spe- 
cifically if the note indicated modi- 
fication of the British film quota 
requirements, Harry C. Hawkins re- 
plied: "I wouldn't be too optimistic 
there." 



"Time Will Take Care of 
Dionne Contract Renewal" 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — With the Dionne 
Quints scheduled to make one more 
feature for 20th-Fox under the terms 
of the present commitment, studio 
has made no overtures thus far for 
a renewal of the contract, it was 
learned yesterday. 

"Time will take care of that," it 
was said at the studio yesterday, 
when the renewal question was 
raised. 

At the same time, it was said that 
there were no plans to co-star the 
Dionnes with Shirley Temple in a 
color pix, despite New York reports 
to that effect. 



Para. Gets Laughton Pix 

for All the Americas 



Paramount will distribute the 
Charles Laughton starrer "The 
Beachcomber" throughout the West- 
ern Hemisphere, Neil Agnew, vice- 
president of Paramount in charge of 
distribution, and Budd Rogers, 
American representative of the May- 
fiower-Pommer-Laughton producing 
company, jointly announced yester- 
day. 

"The Beachcomber" was shown 
throughout the British Empire as 
"Vessel of Wrath." 



Oriental Deal Terms 

Chicago — Terms of the lease 
through which Jones, Linick & 
Schaefer will acquire the Oriental 
theater provide, it is ^reported, for 
$150,000 annual rental, plus 15 per 
cent cut of net receipts. 



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HERMAN WOBBER, general manager of dis- 
tribution for 20th-Fox leaves for the Coast 
tomorrow night. 

EDDIE GOLDEN, Monogram vice-p'-"' 
leaves for Oklahoma City today 
the MPTOA convention. 

T. KEITH CLENNAN, operations manager 
of the Paramount studios on the Coast, ar- 
rives here today. 

ARTHUR W. KELLY, vice-president of United 
Artists in charge of foreign distribution, sails 
for Italy Saturday on the Rex on a business 
trip. 

WILLIAM CONSELMAN, 20th-Fox writer, and 
FLORA ROBSON, British actress, arrive here to- 
day on the Manhattan from England. 

ROBERT BENCHLEY has left the Coast by 
boat for New York. 

VICTOR CLARKE, assistant to Pat Casey, 
arrives here this morning from the Coast. 

MAURICE BENJAMIN, attorney, arrives from 
the Coast today. 

ROSS HASTINGS, RKO attorney, arrives from 
the Coast this morning. 

WILLIAM HOLMAN, Columbia exec, arrives 
from the Coast this morning. 

EDWARD EVERETT HORTON, comedian, is 
expected to arrive from the Coast today for 
a vacation. 

JULIAN BERMANN, M-G-M manager in Jap- 
an, is in New York for home office conferences. 

HUGH HERBERT, accompanied by his wife, 
has returned to New York from his p.a. tour 
which included Hartford, Detroit, Indianapolis 
and Chicago. Tomorrow he opens at the New 
York Strand. 

ROSCOE TURNER has arrived in Hollywood 
for a role in Republic's "Flight at Midnight." 

ROBERT GILLHAM is en route to the Para- 
mount studios. 

IRVING SCHIFFRIN of RKO left yesterday 
for Philadelphia and Baltimore to do publicity 
on general picture placements. 

LEO PILLOT leaves for Kansas City nexl 
Tuesday for advance work on Universal's Roose- 
velt-Denis Congo pix, "Dark Rapture." 



Shirley Temple Pix Set 

for Capital Debut Nov. 4 

Gala premiere of "Just Around 
The Corner," new Shirley Temple 
picture for 20th-Fox, is set for the 
Capitol Theater, Washington, Nov. 
4, it was learned yesterday. Picture 
will probably open at the Roxy fol- 
lowing "Submarine Patrol." 




Best wishes from THE FILM DAILY 
to the following on their birthday: 

OCTOBER 27 
Jack Cohn 
Nathan Saland 
George Middleton 
Tookie Hunter 
William Barnett 
John Michelson 




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EXPECT REOPENING 
OF SPANISH MARKET 



(Continued from Page 1) 

anies have been enjoying relatively 
good business from Spain. No new 
pictures have been taken into the 
country for more than a year, but 
according to reports, the people have 
been content to see the same pic- 
tures over and over again. Distrib- 
uting branches are operating and oc- 
casionally Spanish representatives 
reach Paris for business confer- 
ences. 

It is believed that the market, 
when it is again open in Spain, will 
offset to some degree the revenue 
lost through the withdrawal of op- 
erations in Italy. In any event; the 
Spanish people will be ready for 
the crop of pictures released during 
the last two years. 

Hoffberg Sees Slim Market 
For French Film Imports 

(Continued from Page 1) 

additonal theater outlets for them, 
plus an "educational campaign" for 
the public, says Hoffberg. Lacking 
both, the situation promises a se- 
vere headache not a push-over for 
the distribs, he feels. 

Hoffberg finds the present market 
for French pix practically restricted 
to New York in the East and a few 
Coast cities in the West. This city 
absorbs only a few French films 
yearly. 

"Average midwestern idea of a 
French picture is something naughty 
that is bought from a sailor," Hoff- 
berg remarked. 

He cited the fact that the faster 
additional pictures have been bought 
in France by New York groups, the 
faster the prices have risen accord- 
ingly, with expectations of the buy- 
ers pinned on the showings that 
have been made by a few exceptional 
films. "Exceptional foreign films are 
few and far between, with profits 
an uncertainty," he said. 

Formation of Special Attractions, 
new firm, has been completed by 
Hoffberg and Archer Spencer to dis- 
tribute foreign films imported by 
Hoffberg throughout the midwest 
territory. 

Hoffberg, who left for Minneap- 
olis yesterday, closed a deal here 
with the Essaness Woods Theater in 
the Loop for a first-run for "Crimson 
Circle," "Forbidden Territory" and 
"Secret Of Stamboul." These pic- 
tures and a number of others, in- 
cluding "School For Husbands" and 
"Trailing The Jaguar" will be han- 
dled here by Special Attractions. 



Local Quiz Short 

Rock Hill, S. C— Robert E. Bryant, 
owner of the Bryant Theater, has pro- 
duced his own Movie Quiz short, the 
story of a Movie Quiz prize winner. 
Running a little more than eight min- 
utes, short's cast comprises Winthrop 
College co-eds from the state's "best 
families." Bryant is shooting for a 
campaign exploitation award. 




with PHIL M. DALY 



• • • THE EDITORS of the nation's newspapers are now gener- 
ally pulling for the motion picture industry whereas for years 

the attitude of many of them toward the cinema had been critical, 

patronizing and even downright antagonistic but today the story 

is different and one of the editors of a leading upstate journal 

tells why in a grand editorial dedicated to the industry and its 

current Drive ▼ T T 

• • • THIS EDITORIAL in the Syracuse Herald notes that 
the "Greatest Year" campaign has not only helped the picture 
business tremendously, but stimulated the general business ma- 
chine of the nation the editorial states "That the ex- 
ample thus set by the motion picture industry has been hearten- 
ing to business generally and has played a part in improving 
the national economic picture may be accepted as factual. 'Trade 
follows the motion picture' applies domestically as well as abroad. 
So the American people actually are indebted to the movies for 

far more than entertainment." and that, we think, is as fine 

a compliment as can be paid to the industry at this critical eco- 
nomic period 

T T ▼ 

• • • REMEMBER today is the first luncheon of AMP A 

be on hand to help launch the new season's activities at 

the Hotel Astor Grill the organization will have its headquarters 

here with its own clubroom Murray Silverstone of United Artists 

will be the honor guest Hugh Herbert will be there and 

Ruth Texas, the "Texas Nightingale." only femme member of the 
state Rangers. . . • Chelle Janis. that clever lady who brought a lot 
of glory to Loew's Ziegfeld as its recent manager, is in the market for 
another good job. . . • W. G. Van Schmus heads the Motion Picture 
Group for the Red Cross Drive 

T T T 

• • • THIS AFTERNOON at the Museum of Modern Art 

Film Library in their projection room at the Grand Central 

Palace John Hay Whitney, president of the organization, 

will sign the charter of 'the International Federation of Film 
Archives thus completing the co-operative arrangement be- 
tween the Cinematheque Francaise, Paris The National Film 

Library, London The Reichsfilmarchiv, Berlin and the 

New York member of the Federation 

T T T 

• • • ADDRESS by Nathan D. Golden, chief of the film 

division of the U. S. Dep't of Commerce before the motion picture 

class of the. School of Education of N. Y. University on Friday 

Nate will talk on "The American Motion Picture Abroad" 

T T ▼ 

• • • SQUAWK from Lillian Nadel, a smart publicity 

girl, who handles publicity for the Filmarte Theater Lil says 

she was responsible for that grand break on "Grand Illusion" in 

the form of a spread in Life mag which two other guys 

claimed as their very own so fight it out we're 

just in between but we DO love a fight 

▼ TV 

• • • APPROPRIATE souvenir that Technicolor pencil Billy 

Ferguson is passing out on the Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy 

"Sweethearts" also a Technicolor production the pencil writes 

in four colors a surefire novelty 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • TONITE William K. Howard will talk on the Film 
Forum of the National Board of Review over WNYC on the topic, 

"Shooting the Script" also Hal Mohr, the ace cameraman 

will talk 



DflTC BOOK 



Today: MPTO of Western Pennsylvania an 
nual convention, Pittsburgh. 

Oct. 29: Cincinnati Warner Club Hallowe'en 
party. 

Oct. 30: Pittsburgh Variety Club tariuet, 
William Penn Hotel. \ ' 

Oct. 30-Nov. 2: MPTOA national condition, 
Oklahoma City. 

Oct. 30-Nov. 1: MPTO of Arkansas, Missis- 
sippi and Tennessee convention, Oklahoma 
City. 

Oct. 31 -Nov. 3: SMPE Fall convention, Statlet 
Hotel, Detroit. 

Nov. 1 : Independent Theater Owners of West 
Virginia, Waldo Hotel, Clarksburg. 

Nov. 1-2: Associated Theater Owners of In- 
diana convention, Antlers Hotel, Indiana- 
polis. 

Nov. 14-16: ITO of Ohio convention and Cen- 
tral Regional Conference, Deshler-Wallick 
Hotel, Columbus. 

Nov. 18: MPTO of the Northwest convention, 
Washington Hotel, Seattle. 

Nov. 20-21: Arkansas ITO, Little Rock. 

Nov. 26: New York Motion Picture Associates 
dinner-dance, Hotel Astor. 

Dec. 4-5: Theater Owners of North and South 
Carolina, Inc., convention, Charlotte, N.C. 



Philly Exchanges Threatened 
with Suit to End Premiums 

(Continued from Page 1) 

hibitors arguing that the exchanges' 
action, by permitting theaters to 
give dishes, by allowing houses to 
deduct the cost of the dishes, re- 
sults in discrimination. Therefore, 
the exhibitors declare, the houses 
have a right to cut the ladies' ad- 
mission by the same amount, usual- 
ly 10 cents, thus side-stepping the 
giveaways. 

The exhibitors feel that the ex- 
changes are unfair in permitting 
premiums, that it is an invasion of 
the contract, that this action will 
bring the matter to a head. If the 
exchanges refuse, legal action on 
the matter has been decided to start 
next Monday. 

The South Philadelphia meeting 
was the result of a threatened in- 
flux of premiums into the area for 
the first time in history as the re- 
sult of two houses consistently re- 
fusing to abide by a gentlemen's 
agreement to ban premiums. That 
area is the only clean territory in 
the city. Exhibitors feel reducing 
the admission prices will lead to a 
slashng of admission prices every- 
where generally. 

Frank Hatch Dies at 74 

Frank Hatch, 74, long associated 
with William A. Brady productions 
as actor and director, is dead at his 
Richmond Hill home. 



Tribute to Loew 

As a tribute to Arthur M. Loew, 
managing director of M-G-M's interna- 
tional organization, the company's 
branch managers throughout the world 
have decided each to designate one 
month of the current season as their 
"Arthur M. Loew Month." This is the 
first time in the history of the De- 
partment that any individual has so 
been honored. Loew is now touring the 
company's South American offices. 



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'Dangerous Secrets" 

with Paul Lukas, Linden Travers 

Grand National 59 Mins. 

F£,Y DIRECTED FILM HAS A 
GROWN-UP LOVE STORY THE FEMMES 
WILL GO FOR. 

A grown-up production from the British 
studios, done with some fine acting and 
directorial touches that are clever and 
impressive. The story also seems to be 
the work of an adult mind, and tells a tri- 
angle love story with dignity and effec- 
tiveness. Paul Lukas is a professor in 
chemistry specializing in applying his dis- 
coveries to industrial production, such as 
treating the steel that goes into shipbuild- 
ing. He has met a student (Linden Trav- 
ers) and later married her. Meanwhile 
she has had a swift romance with a young 
Londoner (Hugh Williams) through a 
chance meeting. Thev attend a night club, 
dance, fall in love, and he leaves the next 
day for Ceylon. The drama grows taut 
as he returns a year later, and visits the 
professor, who is his old instructor. There 
he discovers the professor's wife is the girl 
he loves. The action is not hectic, but 
moves slowly toward a very tense climax, 
as the young wife goes on an airplane 
ride as a sort of lark with the young man, 
and they are stranded in a small town and 
forced to stay at a tavern overnight. The 
girl lies the next day to her husband, not 
wishing to alarm him about her airplane 
accident. The discovery of the truth of 
her absence overnight starts the action 
toward what looks like inevitable tragedy. 
But the husband, to save his wife from the 
slander in the mind of a jealous maid ser- 
vant, declares loudly her innocence, so 
that the wife upstairs realizes her love 
for the older man and dismisses the youth. 
Here is a picture for women that should 
be given a break so that they will learn 
when you book it that there is a real 
grown-up love story awaiting them. The 
acting of Paul Lukas is beyond cavil. Lin- 
den Travers is exceptionally fine in an 
exacting dramatic role. Director Greviile 
is to be seriously reckoned with. 

CAST: Paul Lukas, Linden Travers, Hugh 
Williams, Marie Ney, Renee Gadd, Fred 
Withers, Howard Douglas. 

CREDITS: Producer, Hugh Percival; Di- 
rector, Edmund Greviile; Screenplay, Basil 
Mason. 

DIRECTION, Excellent. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



Conn. MPTO Wants Action 
on Clearance and Zoning 



New Haven — Clearance and zon- 
ing problems predominate in this 
territory, Edward Levy, MPTO ex- 
ecutive secretary reported, as a re- 
sult of the questionnaire sent MPTO 
members before the national con- 
vention. Majority of exhibs. be- 
lieve they could be dealt with by 
means of conciliation boards of 
either six or three members, Levy 
asserted. A 20 per cent cancella- 
tion privilege would also cure many 
ills, exhibitors believe. Edward Levy 
and Arthur Loekwood, of Middle- 
town, will represent Connecticut at 
the MPTOA convention. 



"Where the Buffalo 
Roam" 

with Tex Ritter, Louise Massey and the 

Westerners 

Monogram 61 Mins. 

(HOLLYWOOD PREVIEW) 

ONE OF THE BETTER WESTERNS EX- 
PERTLY COMBINES SONGS AND AC- 
TION. 

Tex Rifter's latest vehicle combines 
songs and the typical western action in- 
gredients in a manner which should make 
it well liked by Tex's fans. Tex's singing 
registers very well, and the boy knows how 
to handle his fists as well. His likable 
personality makes itself felt throughout. 
In the market for this type of fare, this 
picture rates among the better. On the 
songs Tex is ably assisted by Louise Mas- 
sey and the Westerners. Horace Murphy 
and Snub Pollard contribute the comedy, 
John Merton and Richard Alexander are 
capable heavies. A new girl, Dorothy 
Short, is the sweet young lady in the case. 
Edward Finney's production shows up nice- 
ly in all departments. Tex has been made 
a buffalo scout to look into the wholesale 
slaughtering of buffalo for hide purposes. 
Returning to Santa Fe on a visit he learns 
his mother has been killed. He vows to 
get the killer. After administering a beat- 
ing to Charles King, Jr., Tex is looked up 
to as the town strong man, and John 
Merton and Richard Alexander make him 
marshal. The latter two seem to have 
their fingers in just about everything. 
Tex's appointment gives him the means of 
finding out the insides to things, the sum 
total of which is that the buffalo massa- 
cres and all other forms of outlawry are 
being run by Merton and Alexander. The 
death of Tex's mother is also traced to 
Merton, and Tex finally gets his man. 

CAST: Tex Ritter, Horace Murphy, Pee- 
Wee (Snub) Pollard, John Merton, Doro- 
thy Short, Richard Alexander, Karl Hackett, 
Dave O'Brien, Bob Terry, Charles King, 
Jr., and Louise Massey and the Westerners. 

CREDITS: Scott R. Dunlap, In Charge 
of Production; Producer, Edward Finney; 
Director, Al Herman; Author, Robert Em- 
mett; Screenplay, Same; Cameraman, Fran- 
cis Corby; Sound, Glen Glenn; Musical Di- 
rector, Frank Sanucci. 



Kelly to Italy Saturday; 
To Probe Monopoly Issue 

(Continued from Page 1) 

distribution of foreign pictures. Kel- 
ly said yesterday he could not say 
what steps would be taken regarding 
the situation until he had time to get 
first-hand information upon his ar- 
rival. 

Under the present plan, American 
distributors propose to stop all Ital- 
ian operations after Jan. 1. 



Omaha Para. Reopens 

Omaha — The 3,000-seat Paramount 
Theater operated by Tri-State re- 
opened last night with U's horrific 
dual, "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" 
after being shuttered for about two 
years. 



"The Mad Miss 
Manton" 

with Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda 

RKO Radio 65 Mins. 

AIMED TO COLLECT THE LAUGHS 
AND HITS THE TARGET FOR A B. O. 
BULL'S-EYE. 

They put this one together to collect 
the laughs, and man, oh, man, do they 
collect! Story is sheer madness, deliberate- 
ly so. Director and cast correctly appraise 
the intent, and the result is good if not 
sensational box office. It seems that Bar- 
bara Stanwyck, a society deb with a pen- 
chant for doing harebrained things and an- 
noying the police with her crazy antics, 
gets her set of a half dozen society buds 
together and digs up a corpse that looks 
very much like a murder. Of course the 
police under Sam Levene as a hard-boiled 
lieutenant thinks it is another hoax. Final- 
ly when they are almost convinced there 
is something to it, they find no corpse, 
and then they are sure the playful debbies 
are spoofing them again. This suspicious 
attitude is also shared by Henry Fonda as 
a newspaper columnist, who takes a sar- 
castic rap at Stanwyck and her screwy 
set of nitwits. This peeves the nitwits no 
end, and they set out with their leader 
to prove the cops are dumb as well as the 
newspaper gent. And they do just that 
by discovering the corpse, also another 
one, and make the police and the smart 
columnist look pretty silly. And so the 
pix combines stark tragedy, thrills and 
near-horror, till the murders are cleared 
and romance has blossomed between the 
columnist and the society super-sleuth. 
Director Leigh Jason was skillful in hand- 
ling and the cast throughout backed him 
up magnificently. Result: Laughs, thrills 
and romance. 

CAST: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda. 
Sam Levene, Frances Mercer, Stanley 
Ridges, Whitney Bourne, Vicki Lester, Ann 
Evers, Catherine O'Quinn, Linda Terry, 
Eleanor Hansen, Hattie McDaniels, James 
Burke, Paul Guilfoyle, Penny Singleton, 
Leona Maricle, Kay Sutton, Miles Mander, 
John Qualen, Grady Sutton, Olin Howland. 

CREDITS: Producer, P. J. Wolfson; Di- 
rector, Leigh Jason; Author, Wilson Col- 
linson; Screenplay, Philip G. Epstein. 

DIRECTION, Clever. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Good. 



'U" Financial Report 

to Show Marked Gains 



(Continued from Page 1) 

the corresponding period which ended 
Oct. 31, 1937. Although a loss is 
anticipated, a big reduction in the 
$1,084,998 deficit reported for last 
year is expected. 

The reported excellent business 
during the last 26 weeks probably 
will be offset by the $588,285 loss 
recorded for the first 26 weeks of 
the fiscal year. In any event, Uni- 
versal execs, are hopeful that when 
Price, Waterhouse & Co. completes 
the final figures, the company will 
be close to the profit side of the 
ledger. 



'Law of the Texan' 



with Buck Jones 



Columbia 



54 Mins 



FORMULA WESTERN TRIES FOR COM- 
EDY WITH NO GREAT SUCCESS. 

Buck Jones contrives to get around pret- 
ty lively but not much can be said for 
the story. It is so stereotyped that it 
bogs down pretty heavily in several places. 
So the director is driven to the artifice 
of turning Buck into a comic. There are 
several little quips pulled off by Buck, 
but they do not add to his stature as a 
tough son of the saddle out to get his 
man. It is very questionable whether 
this facetious touch in westerns appeals 
to the fans, who want their he-men rough 
and tough. At any rate, the comedy 
touches got no tumble from a typical west- 
ern fan audience at a Times Square thea- 
ter. There were of course the thrill inter- 
ludes, fights and chases, but all done in 
the stereotyped manner. 

CAST: Buck Jones, Dorothy Fay, Ken- 
neth Harlan, Don Douglas, Matty Kemp, 
Joe Whitehead, Forrest Taylor, Jose Tor- 
tosa, Melissa Sierra, Tommy Mack, Bob 
Kortman. 

CREDITS: Director, Elmer Clifton; Au- 
thors, Monroe Shaff, Arthur Hoerl; Screen- 
play, Same. 

DIRECTION, Poor. PHOTOGRAPHY, 
Okay. 

M. P. Associates Dinner 

Will Aid Charity Fund 

Motion Picture Associates, Inc., 
organized 18 years ago as a social 
and charitable group, holds its an- 
nual dinner and dance Nov. 26 at 
the Hotel Astor, on the date of 
founding. 

Originally known as Motion Pic- 
ture Salesmen, Inc., membership has 
steadily grown until it now totals 
225, repre